Kirkby drug dealer jailed following police pursuit in Cheshire

A drug dealer who was caught transporting illegal drugs between Merseyside and Cheshire has been jailed.

John Inglesby appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday, 5 February, where he was sentenced to six years and four months in prison.

The 38-year-old, of Kirkby, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine), dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance.

In addition to his prison sentence, Inglesby has also been banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

The case against him began after detectives from Crewe Pro-active CID became aware of a vehicle travelling through the county which was potentially transporting illegal drugs.

The vehicle, a grey Kia Ceed, was a hire car which had been travelling between Merseyside and South Cheshire on a regular basis.

The force Roads and Crime Unit was alerted to the vehicle and shortly after 10.20am on Friday, 5 January, the car was spotted on the A50 in Holmes Chapel.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and while Inglesby initially stopped, he subsequently drove onto the pavement and made off from the scene.

A pursuit was subsequently authorised, during which a police stinger was used, and the incident was quickly brought to a safe conclusion on Newcastle Road North, in Brereton.

Inglesby was immediately arrested and found to be in possession of a plastic kinder egg containing individual wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, which had a street value of approximately £860. Officers also recovered two mobile phones, one of which had been snapped in half.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Williams, said, “I welcome the sentence handed to Inglesby and I hope that it acts as a warning to others who are planning to deal drugs in Cheshire.

“Inglesby was identified as a potential drug dealer thanks for work detectives from Crewe CID who worked in partnership with the Roads and Crime unit to catch him in the act.

“During the incident, Inglesby did all he could to evade officers, in his failed attempt to avoid justice. Thankfully,  officers were quickly able to bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion and he was swiftly arrested and brought before the courts.

“While Inglesby is now behind bars, our campaign against drug dealers is ongoing and we’re committed to doing all we can to can to stop drug activity on the streets of Cheshire and make the county a hostile place for criminals.”

Image: John Inglesby/Cheshire Police

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