A DRINK driver who crashed his car into a wall as he was chased by police has been jailed.

John Horrocks, 25, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance in an incident that resulted in a police chase through Colne.

Burnley Crown Court heard that on December 22, Horrocks had been out drinking with friends in Barrowford before getting a taxi home.

But he later received a phone call asking him to go to a party, so he decided to get into his car and drive himself there.

Prosecuting, Lisa Worsley said police had noticed a vehicle driving erratically at around 2.55am and had followed the car.

Police dashcam footage from the incident was played in court showing Horrocks speeding away from the officers.

This led to a three-minute chase, before he crashed the vehicle into a wall on Langroyd Road.

Ms Worsley said: “The vehicle reached speeds of 50mph in 20mph zones.

“He travelled at speed on narrow streets and crossed two junctions before crashing into a wall.

“When the officer arrested him he could smell alcohol on his breath. A roadside test found him to be twice the legal limit.

“In his statement Mr Horrocks admitted he’d had a drink and said he was sorry for what he had done.”

Nicholas Dearing, defending, said that at the time of the offence his client had just been through a relationship breakdown, which had affected him badly.

He said: “He made a foolish error in deciding to drive. No one else was hurt in the incident and he did not attempt to flee from the scene following the crash. He has good character references and is a good worker.”

Jailing him for six months, Judge Sara Dodd said: “Those who get behind the wheel when drunk will be punished.”

Horrocks, of School Lane, Earby, who has two previous convictions for two separate offences, including a drink drive offence in 2016, where he was disqualified for 15 months, was also banned from driving for three years.