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Maniac in stolen van 'endangers lives' by ramming patrol cars in high-speed police pursuit.

Irfan Mohammed: Jailed for 22 months

Irfan Mohammed: Jailed for 22 months

Date - 21st June 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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A judge praised the skill and courage of officers for risking their lives when a maniac driver in a stolen van repeatedly rammed three patrol cars during a high-speed pursuit.

Five West Mercia officers were left nursing injuries including whiplash, a suspected broken hand and burns caused by an airbag.

After viewing video footage, Judge Robert Juckes told Worcester Crown Court the officers had an extraordinarily difficult decision to make – dealing with one of the worst examples of dangerous driving he had ever seen.

Irfan Mohammed, who caused £60,000 of damage to the police vehicles with the three and half-tonne Mercedes Luton van, was jailed for 22 months – the maximum under the sentencing guidelines – for dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cannabis and driving without insurance.

The 30-year-old stole the van from the Holiday Inn near the NEC in Birmingham where the owner had parked it on May 16 this year.

The court heard Mohammed was followed by a West Mercia dog handler as he left the M5 at junction 5. Another officer twice punched the window of the driver's door, trying to break it and stop Mohammed.

He drove away over a grassed central reservation and onto the opposite carriageway before he stopped in the road and reversed into a pursuing car.

The chase continued towards Droitwich town centre, across another traffic where he again reversed into a police car, causing the bonnet to crumple.

But despite the damage to his car the officer continued the pursuit and forced him off the road.

The chase only ended when an officer in a marked car rammed Mohammed off the road. He tried to flee on foot before he was bitten by a police dog.

Mohammed was also banned from driving for five years – extended by 11 months so the ban will begin when he is released from prison at the halfway point of his sentence – and ordered to complete an extended driving retest.

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