A man who drove at speed through Southport while police were in pursuit before going through a red light and smashing into two cars, had been having an argument with his partner, a court was told.

As Gary Roberts, 50, appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on October 2, where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, prosecutor Andrew Page said the matter was so serious that it needed to be sentenced at the crown court.

Mr Page said that Roberts caught the attention of a mobile police patrol at 9.30pm on Friday, April 19 because he was driving along Portland Street, Southport, in a Vauxhall Corsa at excessive speed.

The officer activated his blue lights and siren, he said, and followed the Corsa who by this time had gone into the wrong lane and overtaking cars at excessive speed. Roberts then collided with a Citroen C4 at the junction of Portland Street and Cemetery Road when he went through a red light.

Magistrates agreed to decline jurisdiction and told Robert to appear at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing on 30th October 2019.