A MAN has been disqualified from driving for 15 months after driving the wrong way down a one-way street before colliding with a police car.

Alex Carlton-King, age 36, of Manchester, was summoned to court for dangerous driving following the incident in Bemerton Heath last year.

On June 8, 2018, Carlton-King's white Audi A3 came to the attention of officers after it was seen being driven suspiciously.

An officer in an unmarked police car requested the vehicle to stop, but it drove off at speed, failing to stop at junctions and then driving the wrong way down a one-way street where he collided with another police car before continuing to make off from officers.

The car was then found abandoned in Empire Road.

Searches for the driver were carried out and he later made contact with officers and was interviewed.

PC Will Ayres said: “Carlton-King showed no regard for the safety of other members of the public, or officers, who attempted to stop him.

"Fortunately, nobody was injured as a result of his mindless actions. I am pleased that he has been disqualified from the roads for a lengthy period of time.”

He was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court to six months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

He was disqualified from driving for 15 months and ordered to take an extended driving test. He must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work.