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A dangerous driver who fled the scene of a crash after colliding with a parked car was swiftly arrested by officers and found to be involved in drug dealing.
Omar Amar, 31, was jailed for five years for his role supplying crack cocaine and heroin to users in the Southend area.
Southend Local Policing Team officers attended the scene of the collision in Royston Avenue, Southend, shortly after midnight on January 7.
A witness reported seeing the driver of an Audi, which had collided with a parked vehicle, leave the scene.
The witness said that prior to the collision the vehicle had been driving on the wrong side of the road along East Street.
Officers completed a search of the abandoned Audi, finding a Nokia ‘burner’ phone, a small amount of cash and a small bag containing suspected Class A drugs.
Messages on the phone were shown to be consistent with crack cocaine and heroin supply.
The Audi was registered to the defendant.
Later that same night, at around 4am, a further call to the Force Control Room reported a suspicious male in the garden of a property.
Officers conducted an area search and spotted Amar on foot in Bournemouth Park Road.
Noting his suspicious behaviour and the fact his clothes matched descriptions given by witnesses, they swiftly arrested him.
Searches were carried out at two addresses attributed to Amar, with mobile phones, scales and various notes seized.
Amar, of Forest Road, London, was attributed to a known drug line operating in the Southend area.
He was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision.
Appearing at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday February 7, he admitted all charges and was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment.
He was further banned from driving for three years from the date of his release.