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Drugged-up teen in Blackburn car chase drama
A TEENAGER who careered around Blackburn town centre in a car while high on drugs has been given 12 months detention.
Just 24 hours earlier Adris Rasool had run over an attendant at the Murco garage in Accrington while driving off without paying for fuel, Preston Crown Court was told.
Rasool, 18, had never passed a driving test and was told his exploits behind the wheel had put people at serious risk.
He sparked off a police chase around Blackburn, reaching speeds of 80mph, which eventually led to him driving along a pedestrianised street, the court heard.
The youngster even sped away when a police officer smashed the car’s windscreen with his truncheon, in a bid to persuade him to stop.
Passing sentence, Recorder Andrew Thomas QC said: “This was an exceptionally dangerous piece of driving.”
The judge noted that Rasool had driven the car on the wrong side of the road and ran through several red lights while careering around Blackburn en route to the town centre.
One couple with a pram had to jump out of the way as the drugged-up Rasool drove around the town’s main shopping streets.
Mr Recorder Thomas said that when the car eventually stopped and police caught up with him, he kicked out, causing minor injuries to one of the officers.
The previous day Rasool had filled up his car with fuel at the Murco garage in Accrington, and tried to leave without paying. But when he was challenged by an attendant, he deliberately drove his vehicle at him, striking a glancing blow to his leg, before driving off.
Rasool, of Accrington Road, Blackburn, admitted dangerous driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, battery, making off without payment and several driving offences.