A person drove down the M6 the mistaken manner TWICE in a bid to shake off cops. David Houghton later jumped into the Manchester Ship Canal to try to escape.

However officers had been ready on the opposite facet of the water to arrest him. Now he has been jailed and banned from driving.

Three cross-county pursuits started when police noticed a white Volkswagen Transporter on the M6 southbound close to to junction 21, the Woolston Interchange, in Warrington, at about 1.20am on April 6. Intelligence instructed that the driving force of the van, Houghton, didn’t have a licence so a choice was taken to cease the car.

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Houghton, at first, pulled off the motorway onto the A57 roundabout and appeared to cease for officers. He then made off at velocity and led police on three harmful pursuits.

Cheshire Constabulary stated: “In the course of the pursuits Houghton drove the mistaken manner down the M6 on two events and travelled at speeds nicely above the 50mph velocity restrict. Regardless of abandoning the pursuits on two events because of the method of his driving, officers continued to observe Houghton observe from a protected distance, and so they caught up with him on the A50 Knutsford Street.

“Houghton continued to drive down the A50 in direction of Warrington at speeds of greater than 50mph earlier than turning off onto Thelwall Lane, a dead-end highway, which runs alongside the canal. He then deserted his car and made off on foot, earlier than leaping into the Manchester Ship Canal. Houghton was saved beneath fixed statement and arrested by officers as he arrived on the other facet of the canal.”

The 43-year-old was later charged and pleaded responsible to harmful driving; and failing to offer a specimen. Houghton, of no fastened deal with, however based mostly in Liverpool, appeared at Chester Crown Court docket, the place he was sentenced to 16 months. He was additionally banned from driving for 2 years.

Following the case, Police Constable Phil Halliday, from the Cheshire Police Roads and Crime Unit, stated: “This was among the many most harmful driving I’ve come throughout in my nine-year policing profession. In the course of the pursuits Houghton confirmed no regard for the security of our officers or the opposite harmless highway customers, repeatedly travelling at extra speeds and even driving the mistaken manner down the motorway on two events.

“Nevertheless, regardless of his repeated makes an attempt to evade officers, there actually was nowhere to cover and he’s now dealing with the implications of his actions.”

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