‘Dangerous’ disqualified driver jailed after crashing into funfair in Wigan

The 21-year-old will spend three years behind bars.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st March 2024

A “dangerous” disqualified driver has been handed jail time after crashing into a funfair in Wigan last year.

Jordan O’Reilly, from Platt Bridge in Wigan, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, perverting the course of justice, and failing to provide a specimen.

The 21-year-old was given three years behind bars following a trial at Bolton Crown Court yesterday (29 February).

O’Reilly’s sentencing comes after he crashed his vehicle into a funfair in Wigan while trying to evade a police pursuit back in October 2023.

After failing to stop for a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) patrol, O’Reilly then drove in excess of the speed limit and overtook a number of vehicles, all before proceeding to abandon his own moving vehicle to escape.


The vehicle O’Reilly abandoned then carried on moving, and shockingly, ended up colliding with two members of the public at the funfair – with one woman sadly left with “serious injuries” as a result.

Following the distressing incident, a police investigation was subsequently launched.


But thanks to the help of members of the public, O’Reilly was identified as the driver and later arrested by police.

Greater Manchester Police. Credit: GMP
A ‘dangerous’ disqualified driver has been jailed after crashing into funfair in Wigan / Credit: GMP

After he was released on bail, it was established that he had attempted to engage others into assisting him in evading prosecution.

Speaking following O’Reilly’s sentencing this week, PC Wood, of GMP Transport Unit, commented: “O’Reilly’s disregard to his driving disqualification and actions behind the wheel that day were reckless and dangerous, and he put countless people at risk of harm. The injuries caused to the victim show the consequences dangerous driving has on other people.


“GMP would like to thank the members of the public who ensured that O’Reilly faced justice for his actions.”

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PC Wood also took a moment to remind the Greater Manchester public that if they know someone who is driving whist dangerously, or while disqualified or unfit to be doing so, then they should report it to GMP.

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