Police dash-cam footage captures dramatic moment chase ends with car crashing into bollard

This is the dramatic moment a dangerous driver crashed into a safety bollard in a 'reckless' attempt to evade police. David Irwin was spotted driving a Ford Ka when Lancashire Constabulary officers signalled for him to pull over.

Instead, the 35-year-old made off and was pursued through Burnley putting the lives of himself and 'innocent passing civilians' at risk.

Footage released by the force today (April 15) shows Irwin weaving at speed along residential streets in a desperate bid to avoid capture. However his attempted getaway came to a sudden holt when he eventually crashed the car into a safety bollard.

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Irwin, of Gisburn Grove, Burnley, attempted to run off from the scene but was quickly detained and arrested. He was charged with and pleaded guilty of dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and obstructing or resisting an arrest.

He was sentenced at Preston Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment. No injuries were reported.

PC Anthony Beckett, of the force's Roads Policing Unit, said: "Irwin chose to drive recklessly that day in attempt to evade us. He not only endangered his own life, but the lives of innocent passing civilians."

David Irwin
David Irwin -Credit:No credit

"I welcome the custodial sentence handed down this week. If you chose to drive dangerously, let this be a message to you: we will catch you, we will find you, and we will bring you to justice."

"Endangering lives by trying to evade us is reckless and selfish, and we will not stand for it."