A banned driver who led police on a high speed chase through residential streets has been jailed.
Balal Amin was spotted by police outside Accrington town centre after he failed to give way at a junction and then failed to stop after officers activated their blue lights.
Burnley Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old raced through a number of streets, no entry signs and the wrong way down one-way street reaching up to twice the area speed limit. He was evenutally arrested after stopping outside a house on Rothwell Avenue.
When officers searched his car they found he was using cloned registration plates and he possessed £20 worth of cannabis.
Amin pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and using a car without insurance, fraudulently using a car registration plate and possessing cannabis.
He was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for 15 months.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said the incident started at 11.15pm on February 2 this year.
The court heard how Amin was chased around Wilfred Street, Nuttall Street, Belfield Road, Royds Street, Hudson Street, South Street and Clement Street which are all 20mph zones.
Mr Parker said Amin was going at speeds of between 30mph and 38mph and twice went through no entry road signs and the wrong way down one-way streets.
When interviewed by police Amin said he had driven to Accrington from his girlfriends house in Rochdale.
Mr Parker said: “His car was registered in a false name at his girlfriends address. He had done that because the car didn’t have an MOT and the tax had expired.
“He used his girlfriends address because he didn’t want the log book to go to his parents address.
“He didn’t have a driving licence or insurance. He had passed his test but was banned within the same year and hadn’t retaken the test.”
Mark Friend, defending, said Amin, of Milkstone Road, Rochdale, had started to move away from criminal offending but had ‘taken his eye off the ball’.
He said : “Every offence of dangerous driving is a serious matter but some are more serious than others. It was over a very short period of time and distance. He didn’t contravene any red lights and although the speeds were excessive they were not grossly excessive.”