A TEENAGE motorist sped off after being spotted by a police officer driving over two mini-roundabouts without slowing down.

Blackburn magistrates heard Huzaifah Patel reached speeds of up to 60mph as he raced through the narrow streets of Daisyfield, at one stage going 'off road' around industrial units.

The court was told the car was damaged when it hit a kerb and eventually came to a halt and Patel was arrested.

Patel, 19, of Ebony Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. He was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work, banned for two years and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Enza Geldard, prosecuting, said the incident started at 11pm in Beech Street. During the pursuit that followed Patel drove along Florence Street, Moss Street, Peter Street, Hope Street and Birley Street. At one stage he overtook another vehicle forcing an oncoming car to take avoiding action.

"Throughout the incident the following police car had its blue lights flashing and sirens sounding," said Mrs Geldard.

Ian Huggan, defending, said it was his client's first ever appearance in court.

"Because of personal difficulties he left hoe shortly before this incident and had effectively been living in the car," said Mr Huggan. "He saw the police car and he panicked."