A disqualified driver who rammed four police vehicles in his bid to escape has been sent to prison for 16 months.
27-year-old Shuahan Uddin pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17th April to criminal damage, driving without a licence and dangerous driving.
When he appeared before Snaresbrook Crown Court and 3rd July, Uddin was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. He was also banned from driving for four years and 11 months.
The court heard how on 15th April at around 09:45 hours, officers were on patrol on the East India Dock Road when a Mercedes A-Class, being driven by Uddin, flagged up as being linked to an individual known for gang activity.
Officers signalled for Uddin to stop, but he failed to do so and attempted to make off from officers.
Several attempts at tactical contact were made by pursuing officers to bring the Mercedes to a stop.
But Uddin rammed past police vehicles on several occasions.
Officers eventually managed to stop the Mercedes after they boxed it in against the central reservation of the M11.
However, Uddin continued to try to evade police and officers were forced to discharge their tasers to stop Uddin’s dangerous driving.
Uddin damaged a total of four police vehicles during the pursuit. He also damaged another car belonging to a member of the public.
One officer was injured, although he only suffered minor injuries which did not require any treatment in hospital.
The period of dangerous driving lasted a total of 20 minutes and was brought to a close between junctions four to six of the M11 in Essex.
Uddin was later found to be a disqualified driver and subject of a court order banning him from being in the front seat of a vehicle.
Police Constable Josh Haase, the officer in the case, said:
“Uddin was intent on evading arrest at all costs and showed a complete disregard for the safety of police officers and other road users.
“The considerable damage caused to the police vehicles means several police cars are off the road for a considerable time whilst they are repaired.
“This was a sustained period of dangerous driving that was extremely fortunate not to cause a serious injury, so it is right that Uddin will now spend a period of time in jail.
“Road traffic officers will continue to deny criminals the use of our roads and will continue to put themselves at the forefront of protecting the public’’
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