A notorious Liverpool criminal and his drug courier friend left a police car dusted with cocaine after trying to dump evidence during a motorway stop.

Driver Peter Beckwith and Merseyside passenger Carl Foley were returning from Liverpool to Plymouth with a consignment of crack when they were boxed in by police on the M5.

Foley tried to get rid of the evidence as the Ford Fiesta was being brought to a halt and threw the drugs out of the passenger window.

Some landed on the door itself, more of the powder blew onto the front of the pursuing police car and other rocks and wraps were found on the motorway itself.

Foley, from Sefton, is a well-known Liverpool criminal who made headlines in 2016 when he was filmed by the dashcam of a police car as he hurled a brick at the windscreen from a range of five feet.

He was driving a Volvo which was stopped in Kirkby on suspicion of dangerous driving on February 2,2016, before he and passenger Karl Waring both got out and pelted the patrol car with bricks.

Two men, Karl Waring and Carl Foley, throw rocks, shattering the windscreen of a car
Two men, Karl Waring and Carl Foley, throw rocks, shattering the windscreen of a car

Foley was jailed for two years and nine months but had been released by the time he and Beckwith were arrested in Devon on May 31, 2018.

Beckwith was a drug user who agreed to make the round trip for £200 and who was to be caught dealing again in Plymouth four months later.

He is already serving a three year, three month sentence for that offence which was imposed at Plymouth Crown Court in October 2018.

Beckwith, 27, of no fixed address, Plymouth, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine in Exeter and was jailed for two years by Judge James Townsend at Exeter Crown Court.

Foley, 37, of Beatrice Street, Bootle, admitted possession with intent to supply and will be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court in January.

The judge told him he was taking into account the sentence he is already serving and the excellent progress he has made on a drug free wing at Dartmoor prison over the past year or so.

Peter Beckwith, who was caught dumping cocaine over police car after courier trip from Liverpool to Devon
Peter Beckwith, who was caught dumping cocaine over police car after courier trip from Liverpool to Devon

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said three police cars boxed in Beckwith's Fiesta as it headed south on the M5, between Cullompton and Exeter at 1.40 am.

He said: "As the police got into position the Fiesta speeded up, changed lanes, and a number of packages were discarded out of the front passenger window.

"The Fiesta was slowed down and stopped on the hard shoulder.

"Police began a search of the carriageway and found a number of the items which had been thrown out, which were found to contain cocaine.

"Dust was noted down the passenger side of the Fiesta and on the bonnet and number plate of the police car which had been immediately behind it."

The amount recovered from the carriageway was 20.64 grams but the police were unable to work out how much had been carried before it was dumped.

Mr Ali Rafati, defending, said Beckwith comes from a well respected Plymouth family who run their own business and who are willing to offer him a home and a job when he leaves jail.

He said Beckwith had started using cannabis when he was 13 in the wake of a family tragedy and agreed to make the trip to Liverpool for £200.

He initially thought he was just taking Foley up to see his family in Liverpool but agreed to carry on with the journey after discovering they would be transporting drugs back to Plymouth.

Mr Alaric Walmsley, for Foley, asked for sentence to be delayed so he could obtain a medical report about a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder which has been diagnosed recently.

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The judge granted him bail but warned him: "You must understand this is a serious offence.

"Any medical evidence may go to the length of sentence, but a prison sentence is pretty much inevitable in this case."