Drug dealer jailed af­ter mo­tor­way chase at up to 130mph

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ADRUG dealer was jailed for five years af­ter driv­ing on the wrong side of the mo­tor­way and reach­ing 130mph in a po­lice chase.

South­port man Adam Blowes was chased by po­lice for al­most 50 miles as a re­sult of steal­ing an Audi A5 from Liver­pool city cen­tre.

Blowes re­fused to give him­self up and dumped the car in­side a lux­ury ho­tel in Cheshire, where he hid in a store cup­board full of ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles.

The 27-year-old was locked up for 60 months af­ter a judge de­scribed his ac­tions as “as bad a case of dan­ger­ous driv­ing that a court will en­counter”.

Blowes was first sighted in the Pre­ston area trav­el­ling to­wards the M6 when po­lice tried to stop him, but he sped away.

Ch­ester Crown Court heard that a chase be­gan which lasted 50 min­utes, and which in­volved “a num­ber of near misses” be­tween Blowes and other ve­hi­cles be­fore the car was halted on Tar­por­ley Road south of the M56, some 30 miles away from the first sight­ing.

He reached speeds of up to 130mph while the po­lice he­li­copter tracked him as he came “ex­tremely close” to hit­ting on­com­ing ve­hi­cles while driv­ing on the wrong side of Knutsford Road.

He then drove on the hard shoul­der of the M56 in the wrong di­rec­tion “for a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time at high speed” be­tween junc­tion 11 at Dares­bury and junc­tion 10 at Stret­ton, be­fore be­ing stopped by a spike strip.

When the ve­hi­cle came to a halt near to the Cat and Lion pub, Blowes fled the ve­hi­cle and ran through nearby fields be­fore en­ter­ing the Park Royal Ho­tel through a fire door.

Po­lice scoured the ho­tel and lo­cated him next to a store of ping pong ta­bles.

Blowes re­fused to come out of the closet, with of­fi­cers draw­ing their Tasers be­fore he sur­ren­dered.

Two bags of co­caine were found on him, with fur­ther drugs found se­creted in his body and at his home ad­dress.

In to­tal, co­caine with a value of £700 was dis­cov­ered – with Blowes de­scribed as a “street dealer.”

Blowes ap­peared in court walk­ing with the aid of a crutch, af­ter an as­sault while on re­mand in pri­son left him with rup­tured an­kle lig­a­ments.

He ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ous driv­ing, pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to sup­ply, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

Judge Ni­cholas Wood­ward banned Blowes from driv­ing for four-and-a-half years.

The judge said: “In all, you drove dan­ger­ously for 48 miles and on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions there was a real risk of col­li­sions that would have caused in­juries or even worse.

“This is as bad a case of dan­ger­ous driv­ing that a court will en­counter The re­al­ity .“is that you are a per­son with an un­en­vi­able crim­i­nal record which is a sig­nif­i­cant and se­ri­ously ag­gra­vat­ing fea­ture of this case.

“You had only re­cently come out of cus­tody hav­ing served a sen­tence for the sup­ply of drugs and you have sim­ply gone back to your trade.”

Blowes drove up the ‘op­po­site’ hard shoul­der of this stretch of the M56

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