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Posted on Wednesday 9 June 2021

A man found with a large quantity of drugs in his car has been jailed after knocking a young girl off her horse while trying to evade police.

Connor Philip Mitchell, of Elliot Road, Peterlee, made off from police in July last year when they attempted to pull him over in the South Hetton area.

In the ensuing pursuit, Mitchell refused to stop his car even after colliding with a 12-year-old girl on horseback, who sustained a broken collar bone when she fell from the horse.

When he finally stopped, he attempted to flee on foot but was detained by officers, who found the 22-year-old in possession of several plastic bags containing cocaine.

He was later charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Appearing at Durham Crown Court last month, Mitchell was found guilty of both offences and sentenced to a total of 4 years and 3 months in prison.

He was also disqualified from driving for 5 years and 1 month, and will have to pass an extended driving test before being allowed to drive again.

Detective Inspector Sharon Alderson said: “Mitchell’s selfish actions resulted in an innocent member of the public being injured, and it goes without saying that the consequences could have been even more serious.

“His sentencing sends a clear message that we will not tolerate those who put our community at risk through reckless driving, or who look to use the roads for criminal purposes.”

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