Dangerous driver who fled police is jailed

Dangerous driver who fled police is jailed

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

A motorist from Seaforth spotted driving dangerously along a Bootle road -  busy with vehicles and pedestrians - has been put behind bars. 

Paul Burke was in his mum’s car which he had taken without her permission - and he later claimed he had just taken it to get it washed.

Liverpool Crown Court heard today (Thur) how police spotted him driving a Ford Fiesta along Stanley Road towards Linacre Lane on a busy lunchtime and began following him after he overtook their van.

He accelerated towards a pedestrian crossing and undertook a car as he approached it and when the police illuminated their lights he accelerated away.

They saw him go through red traffic lights on the wrong side of the road and two approaching motorists had to swerve to avoid a collision, said Peter Killen, defending.

The officers decided to stop the chase because they were in an unsuitable vehicle but later went to the home of the registered keeper. This turned out to be Burke’s mum who told them her car had been taken without her permission.

“He returned as they were talking to her and he was arrested,” said Mr Killen. When interviewed he admitted his behaviour.

46-year-old Burke, of Cecil Road, Seaforth, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Jailing him for eight months Judge Garrett Byrne said, “You clearly think the rules do not apply to you when it comes to the road.” He banned him from driving for three years four months.

“You are getting far too old for this type of behaviour,” he told Burke, who appeared via video link.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that he has nine previous convictions including similar offences and driving with excess alcohol. He was on bail at the time of the incident on February 20 this year.

Charles Lander, defending, said that Burke, a father-of-six, has been in custody since his arrest and has served the equivalent of a three month sentence. He is anxious to be re-united with his children and intends to live back with his mother.

“He had not realised the police were chasing him and it is clear that the period of dangerous driving was for a relatively short period. He had been seeking to wash the car and he returned it to his mum undamaged.”

He added, “He is determined to keep out of jail and live a law abiding life style.”


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