A man arrested by specialist officers following a 45-minute police operation has been jailed after putting the public at risk through dangerous driving.
Corey Briscoe-McLeary, 38 (14.01.82), of Janson Close, NW10, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday, 19 March to a total of eight months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and cannot legally drive until he passes an extended test.
On Friday, 31 January Briscoe-McLeary pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates’ Court to:
- Dangerous driving
- Possession of Class B drugs (Cannabis)
- Making off without making payment
- Driving without insurance
- Driving without a licence
He was also sentenced for offences he was wanted for prior to the dangerous driving incident including battery, possession of a class A drug (cocaine), possession of a class B drug (cannabis) and breach of conditional discharge. The sentences for these offences will run concurrently, making his total imprisonment eight months.
On Wednesday, 29 January specially trained officers from the Met’s Operation Venice team – the operational response to moped crime in London – were deployed in Brent to prevent and detect criminality such as robbery, drug dealing, smash and grabs, and dangerous riding and driving.
At approximately 16:20hrs officers were travelling through Harlesden when they received a transmission over the radio from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter operator who spotted a fast moving motorcycle acting suspiciously.
As officers began to make their way towards the location of the bike, NPAS advised it had begun riding through red lights and travelling at dangerously high speeds. At one stage, it disappeared into the Brent Cross shopping centre multi-story car park in order to avoid detection, but after a few minutes exited and drove off at high speed again.
Officers continued to attempt to track the motorcycle, which moved from Brent into Barnet through a number of main and side roads. It mounted pavements and reached up to 100mph in a 30mph speed limit zone without police vehicles behind it, before joining the M1 travelling northbound into Hertfordshire. It travelled along a short distance then exited at Junction 5.
Through commentary from NPAS and supporting ground units in the area, one of the specially trained Operation Venice officers identified the motorcycle was now travelling down a road directly towards him. The officer equipped a stinger – a device deployed on the ground, which slowly and in a controlled manner deflates the tyre. As the motorcycle approached, the officer deployed the device – successfully deflating the bike’s tyres and forcing it to come to a stop. Briscoe-McLeary was arrested shortly after.
Police Sergeant Tony McGovern, the officer in charge of the Operation Venice Scorpion Unit who deployed the stinger, said: “I have been a police officer for 15 years and the manner of riding displayed in this incident was one of the worst examples I have ever seen. It was highly dangerous and this individual put his own life, and the life of other members of the public, in serious danger - this was without police units in direct pursuit.
“The main focus of everyone involved in this incident was bringing it to a safe conclusion. We could not let the high powered motorcycle to continue riding in the manner it was – to allow it to continue would have posed even further serious risk to the public. It was clear Briscoe-McLeary was willing to take high risks to evade capture, and I am pleased that the actions taken prevented serious injury or worse coming to members of the public, and the rider himself.
“The reckless actions of Briscoe-McLeary during this incident show his clear lack of consideration or care for the judicial system, the public or the police.
“With colleagues across the Met, Operation Venice will continue to identify and pursue those intent on committing violent and audacious crimes on the streets of London.”