A man has denied charges including child neglect and dangerous driving after a police chase last month.

Officers began to pursue a car after the driver reportedly failed to pay for fuel in Rugby and the driver allegedly mounted the pavement and ran through a red traffic light in a bid to evade capture.

The chase, which happened on Sunday, August 2, eventually came to a halt in Lawrence Sheriff Street and an arrest was made.

As we reported in our Coventry newsletter, officers from Warwickshire Police found a baby in the back of the car involved.

The force went on to charge Martin McDonagh, 27, of no fixed abode, with a number of offences.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court today (September 4) where he entered not guilty pleas to charges of dangerous driving, child neglect, driving while disqualified and using a fraudulent registration mark.

McDonagh was also charged with driving without insurance, driving a motor vehicle on a road with a child passenger under three years seated in the rear not wearing a seat belt, obstructing a constable in execution of duty and failure to stop. These are yet to be dealt with in court.

He was bailed ahead of a pre-trial review on November 11.

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