Man jailed for 22 months following police pursuit from Liverpool into Cheshire

A man from Tarporley has been jailed for 22 months following a police pursuit from Liverpool into Cheshire.

William Perks, 31, of Churchill Drive, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 27 April after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

The court heard how, on Sunday 28 March, officers from the Roads and Crime Unit became aware of white Mazda which was being driven by Perks, who had previously been disqualified from driving in October 2020, travelling from Liverpool into Cheshire West.

Patrols saw the vehicle travelling at recklessly high speeds through Runcorn towards Frodsham before it began driving on the wrong side of the carriageway on Clifton Road.

The driver then drove on the wrong side of a traffic island and the wrong way through a dedicated lane at the traffic lights.

Due to the dangerous manner of driving, and reaching speeds of 90mph on Sutton Causeway, the vehicle was successfully stung by officers.

However the vehicle continued, making no attempt to stop, while overtaking a member of the public at high speed before losing control on Bridge Lane and collided with a wall and coming to a stop.

Perks then fled from the car but was found a short time alter hiding up a tree.

He was arrested and subsequently charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.
Perks was remanded into custody and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.
He will be disqualified from driving for three years once released.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, from the Roads and Crime Unit said: “It is fortunate that no-one was killed by Perks’ reckless actions on 28 March.

“The manner and the speeds that Perks drove at were irresponsible and put many innocent members of the public lives at risk.

“I hope that this sentence acts as a deterrent to anyone who feels that they can get away with driving at max speeds and dangerously on our roads.

“I know that officers from our Roads and Crime Unit will continue their hard work in making Cheshire’s roads safe and I’d like to take the time to thank the officers and the CPS who worked to bring Perks to justice.”

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