A MAN pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified and being in possession of class B drugs.

Connor McSorley, 21 years of no fixed address has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 10 Months in Prison Suspended for 24 months and to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

On Sunday 15 December 2019, plain clothes officers spotted McSorley driving a Ford Fiesta in the Trafford area whilst disqualified from driving.

They followed him as he entered the M60 motorway and exited at junction 9 where he was stopped by a red traffic light.

As the officers came to a stop on the offside of McSorley’s car, he slowly began to reverse up the slip road.

In an attempt to stop McSorley, the officers exited their car and began to approach him. Upon seeing the officers, McSorley turned his car around and drove the wrong way up the slip road and onto the motorway against the oncoming traffic, managing to escape.

On Monday 16 December, GMP’s Trafford West Neighbourhood received intelligence that McSorley was at a gym in Trafford Park.

Officers deployed to the gym in plain clothing where they were able to identify McSorley and detain him mid-workout.

Upon searching the locker area, officers found a quantity of class B drugs (cannabis) which belonged to McSorley and during a search of the gym’s car park, officers discovered the Ford Fiesta that McSorley had been driving dangerously the night before.

It was found that the car had false number plates and had been reported stolen from the Bolton area on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

The vehicle and drugs were seized and McSorley was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and possession of class B drugs.