A TEENAGE motorist rammed two police cars as he tried to escape after being blocked in.

Blackburn magistrates heard Toheed Hassan claimed he had panicked because there was no tax on the vehicle.

But checks later showed he was a disqualified, had no insurance and was over the drug-driving limit for cannabis.

Hassan, 19, of St Paul's Road, Nelson, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence, failing to stop and driving while over the legal level for cannabis.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and made subject to a community order for 12 months with eight days' rehabilitation activity requirement. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and £122 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said details of a grey BMW were circulated after it failed to stop for police. She said two police cars were used to block in the car on Audley Range, Blackburn, one pulling up close behind and the other at an angle across the front of the car.

“The defendant, who was the driver, reversed into one police car and then drove forward and crashed into the other police vehicle,” said Miss Allan.

“As the officer got out of the second car the defendant was still revving the engine of his car and pushing the police vehicle.”

Keith Rennison, defending, said his client had been put under peer pressure to drive.