Drugged-up Michael Haddon drove on a pavement as he tried to give police the slip during a chase. The 30-year-old, who has convictions for 189 previous offences, stole a van which had been left running in Hanley and drove dangerously as he tried to evade arrest. Police brought the pursuit to an end by smashing the van window and taking the keys out the ignition. Now Haddon, who had monkey dust and methadone in his system, has been jailed for 10 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. Prosecutor David Bennett said a van which had been left running was stolen from a compound off Clough Street at 3.30pm on January 2 last year. He told the court: “The employee left the van running as he worked on a trailer. He had £5,500 worth of tools in the van, which was worth £7,000. “Matters were reported to the police and, about three minutes later, officers came upon the van. They activated their blue lights and indicated for the defendant to stop. He failed to do so. “He drove on to Potteries Way, Botteslow Street and Leek Road. He drove through a red light and smoke was coming from underneath the bonnet. He reached… Read full this story
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