Boy racer drove at 80mph in 20mph zone

Teen locked up af­ter po­lice chase:

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

He be­came trapped in a one-way street

ABOY racer who led po­lice on a dan­ger­ous high­speed chase – past a nurs­ery, school and col­lege – has been locked up

Luke Pilk­ing­ton, 19, reached speeds of up to 80mph in 20mph res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Ac­cring­ton in a stolen Audi A6, a judge was told.

When he be­came trapped on a one-way street he came to a ‘very abrupt halt by col­lid­ing with a parked works car’ on Royds Street, Burn­ley crown court heard.

The in­ci­dent on June 9 this year hap­pened just four weeks af­ter he was given a sus­pended prison sen­tence for af­fray.

Pilk­ing­ton, of Whal­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, han­dling stolen goods, us­ing a car with­out in­sur­ance – and all while sub­ject to a sus­pended sen­tence or­der.

He was sent to a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tute for 18 months and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 21 months.

Su­san Carter, prose­cut­ing, told the court how the Audi A6 had been stolen from a house in Ac­cring­ton by an un­known of­fender five days be­fore the in­ci­dent and sold to Pilk­ing­ton.

Of­fi­cers spot­ted labourer worker Pilk­ing­ton on Manch­ester Road in Ac­cring­ton at 10.10am and when it turned on to Hollins Lane it ‘picked up to some­what of an ex­ces­sive speed’.

Miss Carter said: “It’s a res­i­den­tial area and there are three ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments – a nurs­ery, school and col­lege – which would all have been op­er­a­tional at that time.

“[The of­fi­cers] could ac­tu­ally see peo­ple in the play­ground walk­ing around so they were of the view it was a medium risk and started to slow down.”

The court heard Pilk­ing­ton started to drive the wrong way down a one-way street and, when a car came in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, he ‘came to a very abrupt halt and col­lided with a parked works ve­hi­cle’.

Miss Carter said the area where the chase hap­pened ‘had a num­ber of speed bumps’ and an ex­am­i­na­tion of the Audi found ‘dam­age was caused to the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle be­cause of hit­ting the speed bumps at ex­ces­sive speeds’.

Clare Thomas, de­fend­ing, said Pilk­ing­ton ‘isn’t able to give an ex­pla­na­tion’ why he bought the stolen car or ‘drove in the fol­low­ing man­ner that he did’.

She told the court he was ‘very im­ma­ture’, has had prob­lems with al­co­hol and cannabis and that his ‘only mit­i­ga­tion in his case is his guilty plea at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity’.

Luke Pilk­ing­ton

Luke Pilk­ing­ton

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