Driver ran off after spotting police vehicle

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A builder took his girlfriend’s car without permission when he drove to get her some anti-sickness pills.

Adam Alty got out of the car and ran off when he realised a police patrol was following him.

Alty, 26, of Lynwood Avenue, Layton, pleaded guilty to taking a Ford Focus, driving not in accordance with his licence and possessing cannabis.

He was sentenced to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community, ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge and had eight motoring penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the incident happened on July 16 at 1.20am.

A police patrol received information and followed a Ford Focus Alty was driving, with a man in the passenger seat. The car stopped and both men got out and ran.

Police found a small bag of cannabis in the car. Officers then went to the address of the registered keeper of the car. Alty was there and said: “I’m sorry. I should have stopped. I panicked.”

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Alty’s girlfriend was ill and he drove to get some tablets for her without asking permission to use her car. Alty had made enormous efforts to make-up with his girlfriend and he wanted their relationship to continue.