Cliviger smash: Mercedes driver behind bars

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A wanted man being chased by police leapt from his car while it was still moving and ran off as it crashed, a court heard.

David Mark Nugent had got out near an underpass and both he and his passenger made off before the Mercedes C180 hit railings. The pair then surrendered a short distance away. The defendant, who had an expired driving licence, was wanted on recall from prison, Burnley magistrates were told.

Nugent (28), who has nearly 120 offences on his record, was fined by the Bench and given penalty points, but stayed behind bars. The defendant, of Comrie Crescent, Burnley, admitted driving without due care and attention in Burnley Road, Cliviger, failing to comply with an order to stop a moving vehicle, no insurance and no licence, on October 20th.

He received eight points and was fined £120, with a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

Prosecutor Miss Tracy Yates said police tried to stop the Mercedes by using their blue lights and sirens after their computer showed it was not insured.

“At first, it appeared he was complying and he pulled into a lay-by, but as soon as he pulled in, he refused to stop and accelerated away.”

Miss Yates said police then saw the Mercedes turn right across the path of another vehicle, which had to brake hard. It continued down a farm track in the direction of the railway line and went round several sharp bends before the occupants got out. The defendant was wanted on recall after being given a prison term for burglary in March.

Mr Daniel Frazer (defending) said the pursuit was over a very short distance, no injuries were caused and the only damage was to his vehicle.

“He has only recently been released from custody. He is to be recalled back into custody today. He will be going back for 28 days,” he added.