A driver who was caught with 8 drums of diesel has been sentenced.
Niven Frodsham raced at speeds of up to 60mph in a built up area in an attempt to escape from police.
The 41-year-old driver hit a police car and a parked car during the five-minute chase, Bolton Crown Court heard.
Officers were called to a Tesco petrol station after staff reported a suspicious Frodsham, who appeared to be stealing petrol.
Frodsham sped away when police arrived, narrowing avoiding other motorists as he tried to evade the police, but did collide with a parked vehicle after turning into a different road.
A desperate Frodsham fled on foot after reaching a dead end, despite suffering from broken ribs after the previous collision.
Eight five-gallon drums of diesel fuel were found in the Nissan Almera drove by Frodsham. The car also displayed false number plates.
Frodsham pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and failing to stop after an.
Judge Timothy Stead sentenced the Bradford Street local to 12 months in prison and banned him from driving licence for three years.
‘At 41 lectures about offending from me are going to fall on deaf ears. It seems to me you are committed to a life of crime,’ Judge Stead told Frodsham.
‘You were overtaking and undertaking other vehicles wildly. Mercifully no-one else was injured by all this.’
By Peter Jepson
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