A man who crashed into a Mercedes following a 75mph police chase said he panicked and was in a rush to get to work.

Anthony McCorquodale, 27, was spotted by police waiting at a junction of Bury New Road in March this year before immediately making off at speeds of 60 miles per hour.

As he continued he reached speeds of 75 miles per hour and went through a red light, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

A single lane of traffic was waiting at temporary lights, which McCorquodale overtook, causing cars on the opposite side of the road to brake suddenly.

He proceeded to weave in and out of traffic, clipped a wing mirror of a parked vehicle before going the wrong way round a mini roundabout.

The spate of bad driving came to an end when he collided with a Mercedes E-Class causing it to spin 180 degrees into a wall.

Luckily the driver was left with no injuries apart from a sore head.

McCorquodale, of Salford, was said to have run off from the scene before officers caught up with him.

Following a PNC check he was found to be disqualified and further checks displayed that false plates were used and the car was not insured.

Pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance, McCorquodale was jailed for 12 months.

Prosecuting, Helena Williams said the offences took place on March 4 this year at around 11.45am, when two officers noticed a Seat Leon waiting at a junction with Bury New Road.

Both the driver and the passenger seemed to avoid eye contact with the officers and when the lights turned green the car turned left and was in excess of 60 miles per hour.

The speed limit was said to be 30 miles per hour.

“The Seat went through a red light, then at the temporary traffic lights on Sheepfoot Lane there was a large lane of stationary vehicles that were waiting to pass through,” Ms Williams said.

“The road was redirected to one lane and the defendant began overtaking the lane of stationary cars which caused oncoming cars to break suddenly.

“He overtook a number of cars before turning onto Park Road, the vehicle then hit the left wing mirror of a parked vehicle. He was travelling at 75 mph.”

As his car approached a mini roundabout with Castle Hill Road, he drove onto the opposite lane, overtook another moving car and collided with the Mercedes which was turning right.

The collision sent the Mercedes spinning 180 degrees, colliding with a wall.

The airbags were deployed and smoke was coming from the car, prosecutors said.

After fleeing from the driver’s seat, McCorquodale was caught and checks were made which established that he was banned from driving.

McCorquodale was said to have 18 previous convictions for 31 offences including driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, and most recently supplying class A drugs.

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Mitigating, Eleanor Gleeson said: “He tells me his friend was meant to be driving him to work that day but he was in a rush to work and decided to drive himself.

“He said he panicked and in hindsight he should have just pulled over.

“He said he acted in stupidity and deeply regrets his actions.”

Ms Gleeson said that her client had been in and out of care whilst growing up and got involved with the wrong group.

She added: “Today marks the reopening of the leisure industry as actively we have taken further steps towards normality - that has not taken place in the prison sector.

“He now spends 22 and a half hours in lockdown and there is no end in sight.”

Sentencing him, Judge Sophie McKone said: “This was very bad and dangerous driving.

“You put the lives of other road users at risk, driving in this way can cause and does cause serious harm to other road users including death.

“You just took that risk simply because you didn’t want to stop for the police.”

McCorquodale, of Lime Close, was jailed for 12 months.