Burnley men admit part in dramatic police chase

Dramatic police chase - defendants plead guilty
Dramatic police chase - defendants plead guilty

Two prolific crooks involved in a police chase in a stolen car, which ended with a smash and dramatic arrest footage filmed by an American TV star, have owned up to their parts in it.

Mark Devlin (39), who had been at the wheel of the Vauxhall Zafira, brought danger to a residential area of Burnley around lunchtime, as he had clocked up about twice the speed limit.

He had then ended up ramming a police dog vehicle and a patrol car after he lost control, crashed at a busy junction on Accrington Road in the town and still tried to escape from officers.

Police had started to follow the vehicle on the M65 and Devlin had mounted the pavement to avoid a stinger put down after he came off at junction 10, Burnley magistrates heard.

His passenger, Stephen Starkie, appeared in the dock with a bandaged left arm. The hearing was told by his solicitor he had been “ attacked “ and bitten by a police dog after he was dragged from the stolen car.

Devlin, who has 115 previous offences on his record, admitted aggravated vehicle taking on April 21. The defendant, of Dunoon Street, Burnley, was committed on bail to the town’s crown court for sentence on June 8th.

Starkie, of Coalclough Lane, Burnley, pleaded guilty to allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle taken without consent, on April 21st. The defendant, who has 61 previous offences, was given a four week curfew by the bench, between 7 pm and 7 am, seven days a week. He was ordered to pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and a criminal court charge of £150.

Watch the dramatic moment the police chase comes to an end