Dangerous Penwortham driver fled petrol station in Chorley

The sentencing of a man who drove dangerously after fleeing a fuel station without paying has been adjourned to explore a potential significant undiagnosed mental health issue.

By Stef Hall
Thursday, 18th June 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th June 2020, 1:12 pm

Brendan Scott MacFarlane, 24, of Stone Croft, Penwortham, had been attempting to seek medical help around the time of the offences, his defence lawyer Brendan O'Leary said.

He added: " It would be wrong to ignore a material factor into his sentence."

The offences date back to October 27 last year when Macfarlane admits making off from a garage in Chorley without payment, driving a red Ford Focus dangerously on Martinfield Road and Pope Lane in Penwortham, and failing to stop for police on Studholme Crescent.

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Preston Crown Court

Judge Beverly Lunt accepted it was appropriate to adjourn the case, but warned the defendant it was no indication of the likely outcome.

She said: "There are other features to your case which need investigation."

He will next appear before Preston Crown Court on August 12.