A driver who was pulled over following a pursuit by police, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after a meat cleaver and a bag of cocaine were found in his car.

Officers saw Daniel Strickland speeding behind the wheel of a Mercedes A Class in a 30mph speed limit zone in Springfield Road, Chelmsford, on April 7 2017.

They followed the car and attempted to pull it over, but Strickland sped off.

A pursuit was authorised, during which Strickland mounted the kerb, drove on the wrong side of the road and failed to give way to another vehicle on a roundabout, causing it to emergency stop.

He eventually stopped in Carnation Close and was arrested.

Police searched his car and found a bag containing about 23g of cocaine plus another two wraps on him, all totalling to £6,800 in street value.

Strickland, 32, of Trenchard Crescent, Chelmsford, was charged with dangerous driving, possession of a knife and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

He admitted the offences at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 19 and was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years on October 6.

He was sentenced to 40 months for the drugs and 14 months for the driving offence, to run consecutively, and six months for possession of the cleaver, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.