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Utd pair may face jail over crash
Mads Timm
Timm remained expressionless as the guilty verdict was read out
Two young Manchester United players could face jail after being convicted of a high-speed road race that caused a crash leaving two people hurt.

Mads Timm, 20, was found guilty of taking part in a road chase with fellow Old Trafford player Callum Flanagan.

The jury at Manchester Crown Court took less than an hour to convict Timm of dangerous driving on Thursday.

Flanagan, 19, had pleaded guilty to the charge. Both were given bail and return to court on 3 March for sentencing.

Lost control

The court heard how the pair sped along a 40mph road in Partington, Manchester, after finishing a training session at the club's training ground at about 1300 GMT on 14 January 2004.

They had been racing along roads in convoy at high speed when the crash happened.

Timm, driving a powerful silver Mitsubishi Evolution, led the chase and drove around a right-hand bend.

Flanagan followed in his black Honda Civic, but lost control of the car and collided into an oncoming vehicle.

Driver Angela Bourne suffered heel and knee injuries. A passenger in Flanagan's car, team mate Phil Marsh, 17, had to be cut from the wreckage.

'Boy racer'

Witnesses reported seeing the players exchanging taunts and gesticulating to one another prior to the crash.

Outlining the case, Richard Vardon, prosecuting, described Flanagan, of Ludgate Hill, Manchester, as a "boy racer".

Timm, of Bowden, Cheshire, remained expressionless as the guilty verdict was read out.

Judge Adrian Smith reminded the pair the charges were a serious matter and adjourned the case while pre-sentence reports were prepared.

The maximum sentence for dangerous driving is two years' imprisonment.

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