Man who stole car hid up tree

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A MAN who stole a car in Wigan and then led police on a 12-mile chase was found hiding up a tree, a court has heard.

A police helicopter had to be called out after Shaun Lyons fled from the Mitsubishi Shogun in Salkeld Street, Ashton, and they spotted him in a nearby garden.

When the vehicle was searched, registration plates from another Mitsubishi were found on the passenger seat said Karen Brooks, prosecuting, at Liverpool Crown Court.

Lyons, 24, of Cartmel Way, Huyton, Merseyside, was jailed for 18 months and banned from driving for two years.

He had pleaded guilty to taking the vehicle without consent, handling the stolen plates, driving dangerously, while disqualified and without insurance.

Mrs Brooks said that on the evening of August 22 the car was stolen from a side street in Newtown, Wigan.

In the early hours of August 25 police officers spotted Lyons driving it along the M6 at Orrell. They began following and during the pursuit he drove in excess of the speed limit through Haydock, St Helens and Ashton.

He went through three sets of red lights, the wrong way round two roundabouts and drove 50 yards along a verge.

Mr Robert Wynn Jones, defending, said that Lyons had gone off the rails after losing his job.