A MAN from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of helping a dangerous driver leave the country following a serious crash.

The driver has been jailed after he fled the scene of the collision in Tuebrook that left a six-year-old girl with a head injury.

Lewis Lally, of no fixed address, was locked up for two years and three months at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence, and he also received a three-year driving ban.

On Friday, March 4, just after 6pm, Merseyside Police received a report that an electric bike was in collision with a six-year-old girl on Windsor Road.

The girl was taken to hospital with head injuries, where she remained for a week after the incident, but is now recovering well at home.

Lally, who was riding a non-road legal electric bike, fled the scene. Shortly after the collision, he left the UK.

Following an extensive investigation by Merseyside Police and partners across Europe, Lally was arrested back in Liverpool on Sunday, March 27, charged and remanded into custody.

A 22-year-old man from Liverpool and a 33-year-old man from Widnes were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Runcorn and Widnes World: Lally was jailed at Liverpool Crown CourtLally was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court

It was reported that they helped Lally leave the UK after the incident, and they have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Following the sentencing, roads policing sergeant Simon Duffy said: “Lewis Lally left a six-year-old girl on the road with serious injury on a busy Monday evening.

“We welcome that he is now behind bars and can reflect on the consequences of his actions.

“We would like to thank those who responded to our appeal and came forward with information which helped us arrest Lally.

“We simply will not tolerate dangerous driving on the streets of Merseyside – it is utterly reckless and puts our residents at unnecessary risk on our roads.

“Off-road bikes, particularly when ridden in an anti-social manner, can cause injuries both to the riders and to other road users, and they are not permitted to be ridden on public roads or pavements.

“Our best chance of removing the anti-social use of off-road bikes is to know where bikes are being stored before they get out on our streets.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about illegal or nuisance scrambler bikes in their areas to get in touch with us, and I can assure them that we will take action."