'Hopeless' drug addict jailed for four-and-a-half years after police chase


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

AN ANGLESEY man with drugs in his car drove at 80mph, cut corners, and at one point became airborne as he tried to flee police, a court heard.

Heroin addict Adrian Owen, aged 35, a former meat factory worker, of Llawr y dref in Llangefni, ran out of fuel, Caernarfon crown court heard.

A golf ball-sized package of heroin worth £2,670 had been under his arm when police took him to the ground and 1,535 diazepam tablets were also found.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting possessing drugs with intent to supply and dangerous driving in the Rhostrehwfa and Llangristiolus areas last February.

Judge Dafydd Hughes told Owen: “You drove in an appalling fashion. Had anybody been in your way he or she wouldn’t have stood a chance. You drove erratically and at frighteningly fast speeds.

“You posed, on that occasion, a very serious risk to the public. It’s a matter of pure good fortune that nothing occurred.

“Eventually you had to come to a halt because apparently you ran out of fuel. When the police came upon the scene they discovered you had a significant quantity of drugs. You were clearly trying to flee because of those drugs.”

A four-year driving ban was imposed with a re-test at the end and Owen must pay £120 costs.

Gareth Roberts, prosecuting, said Owen’s Ford Focus had been seen by an off-duty policewoman, swerving and hitting the kerb, and she alerted colleagues. He went to ASDA at Llangefni then drove off.

But Mr Roberts said when Owen spotted a police car behind him he made off at speed, taking a blind bend on the wrong side of the road, cutting corners, failing to give way at a junction, and going at twice the speed limit in 30mph and 40mph areas.

Matthew Curtis, defending, said Owen had become a “hopeless addict” and the alleged supply was to fund his habit.

Mr Curtis said Owen had been to a detox unit and had tried “cold turkey.”

Counsel added: “Prison is going to be hard for him.”

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