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Craig Byatt was caught trying to flee from the law while carrying the illegal class A narcotics inside an athletic bag over a canal towpath. It happened just a few months after he had led police on a high-speed automobile pursuit through the streets that culminated in a collision, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Teams observed a gray Volkswagen Golf traveling along Walton Breck Road at approximately 4 p.m. on August 24 of last year, Liverpool Crown Court heard. The prosecutor, Christopher Hopkins, told how when they tried to halt the car, it “made off at speed” down Taplow Street in Anfield despite inspections showing that it had no MOT.
Not the First Crime
Byatt had already been convicted of reckless driving and was already off the roads when he tested positive for cannabis in his system at the roadside. He was later discovered to be over the legal limit while in detention.
Man was observed trying to escape via the Leeds-Liverpool Canal but dismounting from his e-bike in the process. Byatt was discovered to be carrying a sports bag with a kilogram of heroin with a purity of 53%, worth up to £60,000, and a kilogram of cocaine with a purity of 77%, worth up to £24,000 on the black market.
Byatt has a total of 26 previous sentences for 53 offenses, including being sentenced to 10 months in prison in 2001 for possessing heroin and crack cocaine with the aim to resell them and being banned from driving while under the influence of drugs in January of this year as a result of an unrelated event in August 2022.
There must have been some implication that a significant cash return was expected. Byatt accumulated drug debt, inherited obligations from his deceased uncle to criminals, and intensified his use of heroin and crack cocaine following the passing of this “father figure” and his client’s sister, according to defense attorney Tom Watson.
Byatt guilty of reckless driving, operating a vehicle when ineligible, operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and operating a vehicle without insurance. He appeared via video connection at HMP Altcourse and received a five-year sentence.