Leeds drug dealer caught during police chase

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A drug dealer was caught after the car he was travelling in crashed during a police chase.

Connor Spencer, 20, was arrested after the Vauxhall Astra he was a passenger in crashed in a hedge on Moorside Road, Stanningley.

Police attempted to stop the driver after spotting him behind the wheel talking into his mobile phone on Stanningley Road in the early hours of April 4 this year.

The vehicle sped off but the driver lost control of the car before the crash.

Spencer was searched at the scene an a small amount of cannabis and grinder was found in his pocket.

A box was then found on the back seat which contained 139gms of the Class B drug, with a street value of £1,190.

Spencer was carrying three mobile phones which were seized and found to contain over 1,000 text messages relating to drug deals.

Spencer, of Coal Hill Lane, Bramley, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Spencer accepted he would be facing a prison sentence but urged Judge Neil Clark to consider suspending it because of his young age.

He said Spencer now had a good job working for a civil engineering company and faced losing the position if he was sentence immediately to custody.

Mr Cook said: “Locking him up doesn’t achieve much for this defendant at this stage, apart from losing his job, his accommodation and putting him several steps back.”

Spencer was given six month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

Judge Clark said: “I am not going to send you immediately to custody.

“You have come within a hair’s breadth of that today.

“You were a small scale street dealer and you were doing it for money.

“That is a serious matter because you were making a profit out of being a criminal.”