A DRIVER who refused to stop for a police officer who had seen him using his phone reached speeds of 100 mph in a 40mph zone during a police pursuit.

Blackburn magistrates heard the chase ended when Dylan Brown got stuck in a residential street at which point he reversed into a police car as he tried to escape.

Brown, 24, of Edgar Street, Huncoat, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving other than in accordance with a licence, without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and criminal damage to a police BMW.

He was sent in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on February 13.

Brown pleaded not guilty to assaulting the officer involved by driving his car at him.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said the officer saw a man driving a VW Golf while using his mobile phone at 9.40am on October 24.

He indicated for the car to stop but instead it sped off, doing 70mph in a 30 zone before reaching 100mph.

Miss Akhtar said Brown rammed the police car twice before speeding off forcing the officer to take evasive action because he thought he was going to be run over.

It was bearing false number plates but Brown was identified as the driver and circulated as wanted.

He was arrested after a report from a former girlfriend that he had been hanging around the stables where she kept her horse.

Peter King, defending, said his client accepted the prosecution case in its entirety except for the assault.

"There was no injury or contact with the officer and the allegation is made on the basis that the officer thought he was going to be run over," said Mr King.

"My client says he did not drive at the officer and never intended to do him any harm."