Police appeal for information to trace man who has failed to appear at court Date published: 26th April 2019 1.09pm

Officers are appealing for information to trace a Runcorn man who was found guilty in his absence of a number of offences after crashing his car through a wall.

Michael Jones, 41, of Sandy Lane, Runcorn, was found guilty in his absence of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision, failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, failing to provide a specimen of salvia for drug analysis, possession of a weapon in a public place (a baton), driving without insurance and obstructing a police officer in execution of their duty.

Jones drove his Seat Ibiza through a wall on Sandy Lane, Runcorn, at 10pm on Thursday 3 January. A witness stopped to help Jones but Jones just attempted to restart the car. After the witness called the police Jones ran off towards the Pavilions.

When the police arrived they found Jones in a field nearby and he was arrested for failing to stop. Jones then refused to provide a sample of breath or saliva, despite admitting to officers at the scene he had been drinking and had taken cocaine.

Jones was then searched by an officer and a police style baton was found and a set of keys. The keys found were the keys for the crashed car. During the search Jones attempted to pull away from the officer whilst shouting ‘get off, get off’ and he was further arrested for obstructing an officer.

After being found guilty at Warrington Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 April a warrant was issued for his arrest.

If anyone sees Jones please call 999, or if you have information about his whereabouts please contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML 285849.

You can also send information to us via our website on https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/  

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.