Jail for man who dragged officer

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A banned driver who dragged a policeman along the road after he set off when the officer reached into the car to take his keys has been jailed.

Neil Jones had appeared at court in front of a judge only minutes before putting the officer’s life in danger and he knew he was disqualified from driving.

The police officer had both arms in the car and was trapped as he was dragged along 20 metres, but bravely managed to grab the keys and bring the car to a stop.

Jones, 42, of Rugby Street, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously while disqualified without insurance or an MoT.

He was sentenced to 157 days in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Jones, who was previously banned from driving for 60 days under the penalty points totting-up procedure, had appeared before a judge at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on October 23 and been found guilty driving not in accordance with his licence.

Shirley Fitton, prosecuting, said that at 2.40pm, immediately after leaving the court, Jones got into his BMW and drove out of the Chapel Street car park.

Jones was seen by the police officer.

David Charnley, defending, said: “He was under the false impression he could contract out of the state and was not bound by the laws. He now knows this information, which is going round the internet, is nonsense.”

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