Sheffield drug dealer who broke his leg and fractured his skull in police chase appears in court

A Sheffield drug dealer who broke his leg and fractured his skull after jumping from a bridge during a police chase has appeared in court.

Daniel Checkley, 26, was spotted in October last year by officers who realised he was wanted for motoring offences.

The ensuing police chase resulted in Checkley crashing into a lamppost and attempting to escape on foot.

He jumped off a bridge over the River Don and a railway line. Officers saw him slumped on the ground below and climbed down to give first aid.

After finding a black bag containing heroin and Class C drugs in his bodywarmer, the officers arrested him and he was taken to Northern General Hospital. He could not be questioned until 30 December last year because of his injuries.

At Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, Checkley pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and dangerous driving. He is due to be sentenced in January.