Northumbria Police have released some dashcam footage (scroll down for video) of the moment when a disqualified driver rammed two Roads Policing Unit vehicles in a bid to escape.
32-year-old David Morrison already had four previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified and five for drink driving when the incident unfolded in Longbenton on 30th September.
The pursuit began after Morrison stole £70 worth of fuel from a petrol station in South Gosforth, Newcastle.
Witnessing the theft, a member of the public called 999 and followed Morrison until the police arrived.
Morrison initially slowed down, but then accelerated to try and get away from the police.
Officers tried to box Morrison in, but he rammed one of the police cars, causing it to spin on a grass verge, before ramming another police vehicle involved in the pursuit.
However, it was not long before specially trained pursuit officers brought Morrison’s outrageous driving to a halt, and he was arrested for various offences.
John Hobley, prosecuting, said:
“A decision was taken to box his car with the police vehicles at the front, back and side, such that those vehicles would slow down, forcing him to slow down.
“However, when the police vehicles were in position, he rammed the rear of the police vehicle in front of him, pushing it some distance and forcing it to spin 180 degrees and pushing it onto a grass verge between the carriageways.
“Officers had serious concerns it was going to move further across, into oncoming traffic in the other direction. Even after that, the defendant didn’t stop.”
The court also heard that Morrison, of Stokers Buildings, Bedlington, Northumberland, has a long list of driving offences as well as 31 previous convictions.
Morrison admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and making off without payment.
Jailing Morrison for 12 months and banning him from the roads for three years, Recorder Toby Hedworth QC said:
“You have a deplorable record in respect of driving.
“The courts have given you opportunities in the past, and you have chosen to throw them back at the court.
“You have got to understand, when the court tells you this sort of behaviour is unacceptable, they mean what they say. You really are a danger to other road users.”
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