Dramatic dashcam footage shows drink-driver lead police on 130 mph chase before smashing through primary school


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A drink-driver took police on a 130mph chase that only ended after he smashed through a primary school.

Desperate to escape from cops Callum Dorrian repeatedly rammed police cars, drove on the wrong side of the road and jumped red lights as he raced through Greater Manchester.

Dorrian was twice the drink drive limit as he sped through residential roads and caused other drivers to swerve out his path.

His rampage came to an abrupt end after he crashed through school gates and was caught after he tried to flee on foot.

The 26-year-old delivery driver was jailed for 12 months at Bolton Crown Court on Monday with the judge telling him it was only “pure chance no one was hurt.

Lindsay Thomas, prosecuting, told how the 16 minute long pursuit began at 11.45pm on June 16 after police spotted Dorrian’s VW Golf GT speeding towards Salford, Greater Manchester after he had been drinking in the pub while watching a football match.

But Dorrian refused to stop so the police helicopter was brought in and, at one stage, he was being chased through residential streets of Bury, Radcliffe and Prestwich by two police cars.

The court was shown footage of the pursuit taken from one of the police cars, which revealed how Dorrian went through red lights, drove on the wrong carriageway and forced other vehicles to swerve to avoid him.

On Butterstile Lane, Prestwich, Dorrian stopped and reversed, deliberately smashing into the front of the police car following him before speeding onto Bury New Road at 80mph.

The police footage went on to show the Golf reaching up to 130mph as it flew up the M66, coming off the sliproad at Bury and driving towards the town centre before trying to lose cops by heading onto Parkhills Road and along Spring Lane.

He then doubled back towards Bury, speeding along Manchester Road and Market Street before it turned into Morley Street, a cul-de-sac which ends at St Luke’s CE Primary School.

But Dorrian still refused to give himself up despite police cars boxing him in and rammed them before smashing his way through the school gates.

When he was forced to a stop he fled on foot but was caught after a short chase.

A breath test revealed he had drunk two and a half times the legal alcohol limit for driving.

Dorrian, of Colman Gardens, Ordsall, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drink driving.

The court heard he already had a significant criminal record and had previously served 20 months in jail for alcohol fuelled violent disorder.

“Here you are again drinking far too much to drive, but driving anyway,” commented Judge Gioserano.

A probation officer’s report revealed that, despite his criminal record, Dorrian had managed to find work as a driver for GW Financial Solutions, had a licence and was insured when using his Golf.

Kathryn Johnson, defending, stressed that, although it was a sustained pursuit, the roads were not busy with traffic or pedestrians at the time.

But Judge Gioserano told Dorrian he must impose an immediate 12 month jail sentence.

“It is too serious for any other sentence to be justified,” he said.

Dorrian was also banned from driving for two and a half years, after which he must take an extended retest.

News Source MirrorNews

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