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A dangerous driver who rammed three police cars in an attempt to escape capture has been banned from driving when he appeared in court on Tuesday (18 October).
After being flagged to pull over by officers, Nicholas Overton, 36, of Windrush Valley Road, Witley, Oxfordshire failed to stop which led to him trying to ram his way out of a police stop at the traffic lights at Hook Rise North, Tolworth at 11pm on May 21, 2021.
In an attempt to escape, Overton reversed into a police vehicle and then drove forward ramming a second and injuring an officer.
Overton pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving and assaulting an emergency worker but pleaded guilty to failure to stop and driving over the specified drug limit.
He was subsequently found guilty and sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday to:
· Dangerous driving – 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months
· Disqualified from driving for 24 months until he has passed an extended test
· Assault of an emergency worker – six months’ imprisonment to run concurrent, suspended for 24 months
· 150 hours of unpaid work
· Rehabilitation activity requirement – 19 sessions of Thinking Skills programme
Investigating Officer Sergeant Ben Grilli, said: "What should have been a routine traffic stop quickly escalated. Overton showed complete disregard for the safety of the public and ended up seriously injuring an officer from our team.
"Speeding and driving dangerously are two of the fatal five offences - those that cause the majority of deaths on UK roads. As a Force, we are committed to robustly tackling these offences and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions."