Driver jailed for ramming police cars with stolen vehicle during chase

Darlington and Stockton Times: Teesside Crown Court Teesside Crown Court

A MAN who rammed police vehicles during a pursuit in which he was driving a stolen car has been jailed for 15 months.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Garry Watson, who has 32 convictions for 94 previous offences, had been at a house party in Middlesbrough and was offered the stolen Hyundai in order that he could drive back to Hartlepool.

But police had been alerted to the stolen vehicle which had been taken in a burglary the previous night in Belle Vue Road, Middlesbrough.

The owner had gone to bed, but when he woke up realised he had been burgled and the keys belonging to the vehicle taken.

Sue Jacobs said officers attempted to box in the Hyundai after it was seen travelling along Seaton Carew Road, in Port Clarence, at 10.15am on August 31 last year.

But it “lurched right” onto the other side of the road, accelerating as it did so, smashing the front end of one of the two police vehicles that were following it.

It was then driven 150 yards on the wrong side of the carriageway, before swerving to avoid a collision with a vehicle travelling in the other direction.

Mrs Jacobs said another attempt was made to box in the Hyundai, but this time it rammed the rear of one of the police vehicles.

Officers eventually stopped the car and detained Watson, who admitted dangerous driving, taking without consent and driving while disqualified.

Graham Silvester, for the 24-year-old, of Ormesby Road, Hartlepool, said he had panicked when police began to follow him.

He said: “He has got a long enough record to know the consequences of driving like this.”

Mr Silvester added that he had been in custody since early September following his arrest by police.

Judge Howard Crowson said the defendant had been in no fit state to drive. He told Watson: “Fortunately police officers are well trained, otherwise [your actions] could have had tragic consequences.”

He jailed him for 15 months and also banned him from driving for three years.

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9:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thehogman says...

Such a long prison sentence will surely stop him ever doing this again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
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Such a long prison sentence will surely stop him ever doing this again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? ?????????????? thehogman
  • Score: 5

9:46pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Stu*28 says...

32 convictions for 94 previous convictions? And he only gets 15 months???

Isn't it time that judges/politicians stop **** footing around?
32 convictions for 94 previous convictions? And he only gets 15 months??? Isn't it time that judges/politicians stop **** footing around? Stu*28
  • Score: 6

7:19am Sat 11 Jan 14

stevegg says...

Another joke of a sentance by the out of touch judiciary against a prolific offender who has no respect for the law and is a danger to the public. He will be out well before christmas to continue his life of crime. The judiciary need to be held to account for these ludicrous decisions.
Another joke of a sentance by the out of touch judiciary against a prolific offender who has no respect for the law and is a danger to the public. He will be out well before christmas to continue his life of crime. The judiciary need to be held to account for these ludicrous decisions. stevegg
  • Score: 6

11:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

Graeme_r says...

Spareca thought for the owner of the car who will be well out of pocket.
Spareca thought for the owner of the car who will be well out of pocket. Graeme_r
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

darloboss says...

the prison sentence is a joke but the 3 year ban will stop him stealing and driving again yer like
how do these judges and defence lawyers sleep ??
the prison sentence is a joke but the 3 year ban will stop him stealing and driving again yer like how do these judges and defence lawyers sleep ?? darloboss
  • Score: 4

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