Danger driver hunt moves to Spanish resort

The hunt for a fugitive wanted for dangerous driving while trying to evade police has spread to Spain.

Daniel Dunne is thought to have fled to Europe instead of turning up to Leeds Crown Court on July 21 to be sentenced for a string of offences.

Dunne, from Batley, pleaded guilty in July last year to dangerous driving, causing harm through reckless driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance committed the previous month in Batley as he struggled to evade cpature by police.

During the pursuit he rammed a police car, reversed at others, ran a red light and went down one-way streets the wrong way.

Now Kirklees police are appealing for information to trace the 24-year old who they believe could be in the Malaga area of Spain.

Dunne was arrested last June after a chase on the Wilton Estate in Batley.

At about 9.50pm on June 21, police spotted a Peugeot 406 car being driven at speed, often up to 50mph in a 30mph zone. Officers signalled Dunne to stop, but he raced away and a pursuit began.

Police pursued the Peugeot on to Ealand Road where driver again ignored their signals to stop. He continued on to Lea Road and into Bradford Road where he tried to reverse into the pursuing patrol car.

Dunne then drove off on the wrong side of the road and at times doing 6omph before turning into Smithies Moor Lane.

Dunne turned into Scott Avenue and stopped before reversing the Peugeot towards the police car as if to ram it. He then drove off again at speed and turned onto Lincoln Avenue, Dale Lane, Crabtree Avenue and then into the High Street where he went through a red traffic light and the wrong way over a mini-roundabout in Leeds Old Road.

He was then surrounded by patrols in Carlinghow Lane, Batley, where he rammed one police car causing minor injuries to the driver to escape.

The Peugeot was finally stopped on White Lee Road and Dunne was arrested.

PS Louise Holbrook said: "Dunne was responsible for a number of serious crimes and during his joyride that night he put the lives of police officers and the public at serious risk.

"We believe that Dunne left the country and went to Spain in an attempt to escape punishment for the crimes he committed, but we are determined to track him down."

Anyone who sees Dunne, who is white, around 6ft 4in tall with light brown hair and blue eyes, is asked to contact police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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