A drug dealer who led police on a chase through residential streets in Nottingham has been brought to justice.
Rakeen Anderson-Ellis had eight bags of cannabis in his car when police tried to pull him over in Hyson Green.
The 23-year-old refused to stop and carried on along Radford Road before turning into Bobbers Mill Road.
He then turned left into Oakland Street where he abandoned his Saab 900 and ran off with a rucksack.
But he failed to outrun pursuing officers and he was arrested.
The rucksack was searched and eight bags of cannabis were seized, along with a mobile phone and £120 in cash.
In his police interview, Anderson-Ellis admitted the drugs belonged to him but denied any intention to supply.
But messages on his mobile phone suggested otherwise.
He also claimed the cash on him was accrued from Christmas gifts and was not proceeds from dealing.
The brief police chase happened at around 12.45pm on 1 February 2020.
At Nottingham Crown Court, Anderson-Ellis, of Claypole Road, Arboretum, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order including a six-month curfew and 15 rehabilitation days.
Following the sentencing, PC Susan Farren said: “This started off as a routine enquiry but when he failed to stop for officers it raised suspicions dramatically.
“Despite his attempts to escape officers he didn’t get far and was quickly stopped in his tracks, and his drug dealing exploits were soon uncovered.
“We will not tolerate drug crime in our county and we are committed to pursuing all those who break the law.
“Drugs have a devastating impact on people’s lives and these arrests are an example of our commitment to tackling drug crime in the county.”
If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourhood, please contact the police by calling 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.