Hair-raising footage shows banned Lancashire driver leading police on 100mph chase in stolen car

A banned driver from Lancashire who led police on a high-speed chase through Salford in a stolen car has been jailed.

By Sean Gleaves
Thursday, 6th January 2022, 8:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th January 2022, 8:06 pm

Officers gave chase after spotting Matthew Graham Towler driving erratically in Cleggs Lane, Little Hulton at around 1:30am on November 25, 2021.

The 41-year-old reached speeds of up to 100mph and travelled on the wrong side of the road while being pursued by police.

In Tyldesley town centre, Towler drove at 90mph in a 20mph area before eventually fleeing the car after clipping a kerb in Elliott Street.

When Towler was arrested, officers found 15 car keys, a device for cloning car keys and a lock pick.

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Towler, of Blake Avenue, Lostock Hall, Preston, was sentenced to 30 months behind bars at Manchester Crown Court today (January 6) after pleading guilty to the following offences:

- Dangerous driving

Matthew Graham Towler (Credit: Greater Manchester Police)

- Driving while disqualified

- Handling stolen goods

- Going equipped for the theft of a motor vehicle

Detective Sergeant Daniel Worthington, of GMP Salford's Organised Crime Unit, said: "Towler drove at excessive speed through narrow streets and his reckless actions could easily have resulted in a serious collision.

"Thankfully, officers acted swiftly and professionally to arrest him and due to their brave actions and quick thinking he is now behind bars."

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