High speed chase driver is banned

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A driver who led police on a 60mph chase through residential areas of Burnley in the early hours could have killed someone, a court heard.

The town’s magistrates were told how young dad David Dale Leach (23) went though red traffic lights and drove on the wrong side of the road.

He almost lost control of the Peugeot 307 he was at the wheel of in the two minute pursuit in 30mph zones.

The defendant, who doesn’t have a licence and wasn’t insured, finally stopped and got out of the vehicle on Cleaver Street, where he lives, and was soon detained.

The defendant, who was on licence until recently, has now been banned for 18 months, after admitting dangerous driving, no insurance and driving without a licence, on Ormerod Road, Queen Victoria Road, Thursby Road and Cleaver Street, on July 12th.

He was also given 12 weeks in jail, suspended for a year, with a 30 day rehabilitation activity requirement. Leach must also take an extended driving test.