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Dangerous driver who damaged police cars jailed

News   •   Jul 10, 2020 11:07 BST

Four police cars were damaged by a dangerous driver on the M11

A disqualified driver who damaged a number of police vehicles after he attempted to evade arrest has been jailed.

Shuahan Uddin 27 (20.09.1992) of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates' Court on Friday, 17 April to dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and causing criminal damage to motor vehicles.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court on 3 July he was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment. He has also been banned from driving for four years and 11 months.

The court heard at around 09.45hrs on 15 April, officers were on patrol when a Mercedes A class, being driven by Uddin on the East India Dock Road, was flagged up as being linked to an individual known for gang activity.

Officers signalled for Uddin to stop the car but he failed to do so and a pursuit was authorised.

A number of attempts at tactical contact were made by officers to bring the Mercedes to a halt, but Uddin rammed past police vehicles on a number of occasions.

Officers eventually managed to stop the vehicle after they boxed it in against the central reservation of the M11. However, Uddin still continued to try to evade police and a Taser discharge was required to arrest him.

As a result, a total of four police vehicles were damaged as well as one belonging to a member of the public. One police officer received minor injuries.

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’’