Police pursuit − Men jailed after arrest
West Midlands Police has released dramatic video footage showing the moment a car thief caught by motorway cops tried ramming his way out of a patrol car blockade.
Daryl Gordon (below left) was spotted by officers on the night of 4 April heading northbound on the M5 behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Insignia stolen from an address in Stirchley.
The 24-year-old, from Francis Road in Cotteridge, sped away but was swiftly boxed-in by Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) drivers on the A38 towards Birmingham.
Dashcam footage from a patrol car shows Gordon − who was banned from driving in 2012 − trying to ram his way out of the containment before being arrested as he clambered out of the driver’s window.
The police helicopter monitored the pursuit from above and was able to direct officers to another suspect who fled along the carriageway and into adjacent fields.
Checks against police systems revealed the car − which was being driven on cloned plates − was stolen from Shirley Road overnight between 1-2 April after the keys were ‘fished’ through the letterbox from a hallway radiator.
And when officers searched the Insignia they found a magnet-tipped extendable pole hidden in the boot.
Unemployed Gordon admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and at Birmingham Crown Court on 29 September was jailed for 14 months and given a two-year driving ban.
Via: West Midlands Police