Cop car chase thug is jailed

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A WIGAN man who sparked a high speed police chase which ended in a road smash has been jailed.

Daniel Rigby of Lancaster Road, Hindley, admitted to criminal damage, dangerous driving without a licence and while disqualified and battery.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court heard police initially attended an address on a pre-arranged visit to see Rigby on October 4.

Upon arrival officers were attacked by the defendant after an argument had broken out between his family.

The 27-year-old was also caught assaulting his girlfriend, Michelle Neacfy, and in the process damaged a door and its frame costing £200.

Prosecuting, Katie Beattie read a statement from witness Jamie Hadfield which said: “I’m scared of the defendant, he’s a loose cannon, capable of anything.”

Just days later on October 8 Rigby was seen by police driving dangerously and at high speeds in a residential area during the day around Crossdale Road, Hindley Green.

During the incident police in a patrol car attempted to stop Rigby’s car but he ignored the officers who followed him through the streets before he crashed into another car on Conway Road.

Rigby, who had only recently been released from prison, ran away from the scene only to be arrested on Crossdale Road.

Ms Beattie also explained Rigby had assaulted two police officers at a home in Lancaster Road, Hindley on October 3.

Magistrates said the defendant had an “exceptionally poor record littered with violence “.

Of the car chase they added: “He could have caused serious injury or death.”

Rigby was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended re-test.