Jail after high speed car chase

A BANNED driver was told it was a "miracle nobody was injured" during a high speed chase through Blackpool.

Preston Crown Court heard Jonathan Holland went through two sets of red lights, failed to give way and even went the wrong way along a section of road during the incident on December 4.

The 25-year-old, from Solihull, near Birmingham, admitted diving while disqualified, dangerous driving and not having insurance.

Kirsten McAteer, prosecuting, told the court how police pulled Holland over in a Vauxhall Astra on Central Drive.

He stopped but sped off again before they could accost him.

Another motorist had to pull to the offside to get out of his way at one point as the car travelled along streets including Hornby Road. On Reeds Avenue, another driver had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

Holland also drove between metal bollards, mounting the pavement to try to evade police.

Eventually, he fled his vehicle after getting stuck down a back alley. In 2000, he had been banned from the road and ordered to take a re-test before driving again, which he never did.

He had five previous convictions for driving disqualified.

Chris Hudson, defending, said: "This wasn't the worst instance of driving to shake off the police.

"Nobody was injured or directly put in any danger."

Holland was jailed for 22 months by judge Andrew Nuttall, who told him: "It was a miracle no-one was injured as a result of your driving."