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Dangerous driver STRIPPED NAKED and jumped into bath to avoid cops after reckless high-speed pursuit

A reckless driver who led police on a high-speed pursuit through Bolton stripped naked and jumped in a bath to try and avoid cops.

Ryan Stephen Hall was seen driving at dangerous speeds, on the wrong side of the road and through red lights to avoid officers, Bolton Crown Court heard yesterday (December 15).

During a routine patrol in Bolton on Tuesday, November 23, at around 11.25pm police spotted a suspected stolen red Nissan Qashqai with cloned number plates.

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The court heard how the officers attempted to follow the vehicle in a risky seven-minute pursuit, before Hall eventually fled the vehicle after being boxed in by police.

Ryan Stephen Hall jumped into a bath, naked, to avoid police after a high-speed pursuit (GMP)

The 26-year-old ran into a nearby house and while inside, stripped naked and jumped into a bath to try and deceive police.

But officers stormed into the house and arrested Hall - while he was naked.

The Nissan was later identified as stolen from Hillside Drive, in Salford, on Friday, October 1.

Hall, of Tabley Road, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for dangerous driving, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified and driving without a licence.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years and nine months.

PC Richard Holland, of Greater Manchester Police's roads policing unit, said: "Hall showed a blatant disregard for others by driving recklessly across the roads of Greater Manchester.

"He then attempted to mislead police by jumping into a bath and pretending like nothing had even happened.

"Hall's actions could have had much more tragic consequences had officers not taken the measures to stop him.

"We are continuing to fight back against criminals involved in car crime and I hope this sends a clear message that we are committed stop those we believe to be responsible."

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