Drug dealer fled police in ‘extremely dangerous’ car chase which ended at Manchester Airport

A drug dealer who led police in a car chase while carrying nearly GBP300,000 worth of heroin has been jailed. Neil Corrigan was sentenced to five years in prison for supplying class A drugs, dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without insurance. The 42-year-old from Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, was also banned from driving for five years and four months.

Neil Corrigan.
pPic: Cheshire ConstabularyImage: Neil Corrigan. Pic: Cheshire Police

Chester Crown Court heard how officers had attempted to stop Corrigan as he drove a white Mercedes van down the M56 near Warrington on 5 March. Footage of the pursuit showed Corrigan throwing a large package out of the window of the van before weaving through traffic at high speed along the motorway and continuing to the A555 towards Manchester Airport.

Pic: Cheshire Police Image: Corrigan drove a van down the M56 at high speeds.

Pic: Cheshire Police

The pursuit continued on foot after Corrigan drove through a barrier near the entrance of a multi-storey car park at the airport. He was arrested close to the Radisson Blue Hotel. Pic: Cheshire Police Image: Pic: Cheshire Police Follow Sky News on WhatsAppFollow Sky News on WhatsApp

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Two brown packages, each containing 1kg of heroin, were recovered from the M56.

Another two bags had broken and the substance had spilled out on the road. Advertisement A police drugs expert estimated that the 2kg of heroin had a street value of GBP142,850, meaning it was likely Corrigan was transporting more than GBP285,000 worth of illegal drugs in total.

Chief Inspector John Forshaw said: "The manner of Corrigan's driving was extremely dangerous, showing no regard for the safety of innocent members of the public as part of his failed attempt to flee officers."


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