Dangerous driver led police on 135mph chase through Bury

Nathan Heaven pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving <i>(Image: GMP)</i>
Nathan Heaven pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving (Image: GMP)

A dangerous driver caused thousands of pounds of damage to a police car while racing on the motorway at speeds more than 135mph.

Nathan Heaven, 26, was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of dangerous driving.

Heaven, who was driving a black Range Rover, had reached speeds in excess of 135mph while racing the driver of a Mercedes, prosecutor Patrick Williamson said.

The defendant drove through a residential area on Sunnybank Road, Bury, where officers used a stinger device but the Range Rover failed to stop.

Heaven then turned onto the A56 where he approached a junction at 75mph and almost hit a cyclist.

After leaving Bury, he drove the Land Rover at speeds more than 135mph and was caught by police after slowing down considerably due to a fault.

The chase caused damage to a police car costing around £2,000 as well as to various traffic cones and road furniture.

Dashcam footage of the chase was played in court.

At sentencing, the defendant was serving a four-year sentence at Buckley Hall Prison, Rochdale, for selling class A drugs.

Mr Williamson told the court that Mr Heaven had “pleaded guilty at the first opportunity".

Julian Goode, defending said: “These are of course serious offences, a dreadful piece of driving.”

However, he added that Heaven had been taking part in English, Maths, IT and drug awareness courses while in prison and had work lined up with his father upon release.

Judge Matthew Corbitt-Jones noted that if they had been hit: ‘[The cyclist] would not have stood a chance against the Land Rover."

He noted that during the chase, Heaven had “panicked because [he] didn’t want to go back to prison.”

The Judge sentenced Mr Heaven to 12 months in prison and imposed a driving ban of three years and two and a half months.