Jail for motorist who rammed police car during pursuit

Jail for motorist who rammed police car during pursuit

By David Parker | 14/01/2021

Jail for motorist who rammed police car during pursuit
Joe Haigh


A MOTORIST who injured a pursuing officer by ramming his police car has been jailed.

An officer spotted Joe Haigh (33) near his home on Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, driving a white Ford Fiesta that he suspected might be stolen, Mr Peter Byrne, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

He chased Haigh for about two minutes before the defendant pulled onto the wrong side of a 30mph road at about 50mph.

After slowing for a roundabout near the centre of Thurnscoe, Haigh sped off again and two vehicles had to swerve to avoid him.

His car reached speeds of about 70mph before driving down an alleyway at 50mph to try to shake off the pursuing officer, Mr Byrne said.

Haigh failed to give way at two junctions before crashing and then reversing into the police car on Derry Grove.

A male and a female passenger fled the car, which had also damaged a wall in the crash.

The officer pursuing Haigh suffered lower back pain, aggravating an injury he already had, Mr Byrne said.

Haigh was already banned from driving when he sped away from police at 10.25am on December 2, Mr Byrne said.

He was also awaiting sentence for smuggling a mobile phone into HMP Moorland in January 2019.

Haigh had been transferred there from another prison and, after setting off the scanners, had handed officers a package which contained a mobile phone, Mr Byrne said.

Haigh told police officers who interviewed him that he had smuggled the mobile phone because he was in debt to another prisoner.

“He said he was doing what he was told because he didn’t want another prisoner to hurt him,” Mr Byrne said.

Haigh admitted offences of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and attempting to convey a prohibited article into prison at previous hearings.

He had been due to be sentenced for smuggling the phone into prison last June but his sentencing hearing was deferred.

Mitigating, Mr Andrew Smith said Haigh had thought he was in first gear when he rammed into the police car in reverse.

“He offers his apologies to the officer for the inconvenience,” he said.

Judge Michael Slater jailed Haigh for 18 months and banned him from driving for 21 months.

He said: “You drove at high speed through residential areas, including back streets.

“The culmination of that was that you had deliberately reversed or rammed back into a police vehicle that caused an officer neck and back injuries and psychological problems.”

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