‘The Lam’ gang member led police on 80mph chase with baby in BMW

Police chased a member of an international drugs plot with a baby in his car through Liverpool.

Carl Daniels was wanted for his part in a huge drugs conspiracy led by notorious Liverpool criminal Liam Cornett.

Cornett, nicknamed 'the Lam', controlled the drugs network from Spain.

In December last year, he and 25 members of his crew were jailed – including Daniels.

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But when police tried to bring Daniels in he made chase – while there was an eight-month-old baby in his car.

Daniels, 36, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court today via video link charged with dangerous driving.

Simon Duncan, prosecuting, explained the gang member was ordered to serve a prison sentence of four years and nine months in December last year for conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

A high-speed police pursuit took place in Liverpool when Daniels, formerly of Galleon Court, Newquay, was wanted over the drugs plot.

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It saw him reach 80mph in a 30mph zone, head into oncoming traffic, drive the wrong way down a one-way street and speed through red lights.

Mr Duncan told the court that on March 4 last year at around 8pm an unmarked police patrol on Breckfield Road North in Everton was passed by a BMW pursued by a marked police car.

The unmarked car also pursued the car for around 10 minutes and watched as oncoming drivers had to swerve to avoid a collision.

Eventually Daniels stopped the car and "scrambled" over a woman who was in the passenger seat and fled.

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Police caught up with him and found the baby in the back of the car.

The court heard Daniels has a "significant record" but no convictions relevant to the dangerous driving charge.

Michael O'Brien, defending, said Daniels is "very ashamed his own eight-month-old daughter was in the car at the time".

Mr O'Brien explained Daniels was sentenced last year and said: "He was asking about this offence prior to being sentenced and was told he wasn't to be charged in time."

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Daniels pleaded guilty to the offence at the first opportunity.

Mr O'Brien told the court that although he appeared on the link from HMP Altcourse, Daniels had been serving his sentence at HMP Hindley and had only been moved due to a lack of video calling facilities.

While in prison Daniels has been working for charities and has made good progress, having been a listening ear for other prisoners.

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The judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, referred to a letter from the governor of HMP Hindley and said: "The court is extremely impressed by the progress you have made."

Judge Unsworth also noted the time it took to bring the charge and reduced the sentence due to reflect the delay.

Daniels was handed a three-month sentence to be served in addition to the sentence he is currently serving.

Upon his release, he will be banned from driving for 18 months.

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