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Driver jailed after police chase on wrong side of M6 Toll

A man who drove the wrong way down the M6 Toll and hit a signpost, in a bid to escape police who'd tried to stop him in Burntwood, has been jailed.

Officers tried to stop Jason Bayley in Burntwood but he sped away and went the wrong way along the motorway, mounting a grassed area before colliding with a road sign. 

He has been jailed for a total of three years seven months at Stafford Crown Court. 

The court heard that patrols attempted to stop Bayley, who was driving a Chevrolet, at around 1am on 21 January 2018 after he tried to evade a marked police car in Church Road, Burntwood. 

He damaged a fence and then drove with his lights off, before turning onto the M6 Toll at T4. Bayley then attempted to leave at T5 but could not get past the barrier. He then drove the wrong way along the motorway before the collision took place and he was arrested. 

A search of Bayley and the Chevrolet took place and a quantity of class-A drugs were seized from the boot, along with a number of mobile phones. 

It was discovered that Bayley only had a provisional driving licence. He had taken the car from a relative without their permission. 

Bayley was sentenced to 39 months for possessing class-A drugs with intent to supply, with a further four months to serve for the aggravated vehicle taking. 

He received two further three-month sentences – to be served concurrently – for possession of class-A drugs and driving without a licence. He was also disqualified from driving for 33 months. 

Bayley, aged 46, of Sycamore Road, Wednesbury, pleaded guilty to the offences – all committed on 21 January 2018 in Burntwood - at an earlier hearing at Stafford Crown Court. 

PC Philip Smith, of Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Bayley was carrying drugs and was extremely reckless in his actions at the wheel. It is fortunate he did not cause serious harm to other drivers.” 

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