Car chase drug dealer hit man

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADRUG dealer who hit a pedes­trian in his car dur­ing a po­lice chase has been jailed.

Mar­cus Hol­land, 19, was be­hind the wheel of a car that struck the in­no­cent vic­tim in broad day­light dur­ing a mile-long pur­suit across Mac­cles­field town cen­tre.

Dur­ing the chase, on May 5, the Vaux­hall Corsa that Hol­land was driv­ing caused mi­nor in­juries to the man on Park Green near the Ceno­taph.

A court heard that at 2pm po­lice in an un­marked car had ap­proached Hol­land when he was parked in Wind­mill Street and he sped off to­wards Mill Street and dumped the car on Sa­muel Street.

Hol­land, of Play­fair Street, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court.

He also ad­mit­ted two charges of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply heroin and co­caine at Manch­ester Crown Court.

He was jailed for three years and two months.

Hol­land’s ar­rest was made dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, an un­der­cover crack­down on illegal drugs dur­ing April and May.

Com­ment­ing on Hol­land’s dan­ger­ous driv­ing Sergeant Si­mon Degg, who was in charge of Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool, said the vic­tim was lucky to es­cape with mi­nor in­juries.

He added: “The gen­tle­man who was struck by this

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Crown ve­hi­cle was very lucky in­deed. The driver of the ve­hi­cle showed to­tal dis­re­gard for his safety.”

Oth­ers who have been pre­vi­ously con­victed as part of Op­er­a­tion Toad­stool have ad­mit­ted shoplift­ing, bur­glary, pos­ses­sion of a knife, as­sault, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply crack co­caine and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply heroin and pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

They were all ar­rested as part of the ma­jor po­lice op­er­a­tion.

●● Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre’s sports hall has re­opened af­ter re­fur­bish­ment Matt Rat­cliffe

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