CAR THIEF JAILED AFTER RAMMING POLICE CARS DURING DRAMATIC CHASE

CAR THIEF JAILED AFTER RAMMING POLICE CARS DURING DRAMATIC CHASE

This is the shocking moment a car thief rammed two police cars during a dramatic chase – dragging one officer down the street.

Thug Reiss Dunn, 25, was blocked in by two unmarked police vehicles when he made the desperate attempt to escape arrest on August 27, 2014.

Dramatic dash-cam footage shows the white Vauxhall Insignia swerve past one officer’s BMW on the wrong side of the road, before smashing head on into the other.

A brave cop then clings on to the side of the stolen car before falling off as the motorist speeds away from the scene in Erdington, Birmingham

Another officer can be heard shouting: “Come on, come on,” before the vehicle swerves along the road and after he rams the second he says: “Don’t even try.”

Dunn and passenger Aaron Simpson, 25, were caught near Great Barr, Birmingham, after careering through red lights during the five mile chase.

A court heard pedestrians were left terrified after the crooks hit speeds of 90mph through 30mph residential streets before being finally stopped.

Dunn and Simpson, both of Erdington, were part of a £500,000 luxury car theft ring along with Mohammed Khan, 26, Kieran Gordon, 19, Callum Brown, 19, Jason Hadley, 28 and Conrad Ashe, 19.

The gang admitted conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and were jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday (15/4).

Dunn, who also admitted driving dangerously, was caged for a total of 44 months and banned from driving for five years.

Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Webb said it was a “miracle” nobody was killed by Dunn during “one of the worst cases of dangerous driving” he had seen.

Addressing Dunn, he added: “You are a determined and dangerous criminal far more advanced than your years.”

The court heard the gang stole luxury cars from across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Warwickshire from August 8 to September 11, 2014.

Ringleader Brown also terrified women with a sawn-off shotgun after a row with other customers in a cafe.

They stole over 20 cars, staging at least 16 burglaries and attempted break-ins – sometimes committing two on the same night.

Their spree started when a Nissan GTR was taken from a driveway in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.

An Audi A6, an Insignia and a Peugeot RCZ – cars with a total value of £100,000 – were then taken from Brierley Hill, West Mids.

They moved onto further high-end cars, including BMWs and an Audi RS5, before police arrested Ashe on August 20 driving a stolen Range Rover.

Most of the cars were taken to a “chop shop” and cannibalised for spare parts or sold out of the country, while others were used with false plates as “run arounds” by gang members.

Khan, from Sparkhill, Birmingham was jailed for four years, Simpson was jailed for 30 months and Ashe from Castle Vale, Birmingham, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Gordon, of Cradley Heath, West Mids., and Brown from Smethwick, West Mids., also admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

They were caged for 52 months and 54 months respectively.

Hadley, from Erdington, was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

After the case, Detective Constable Richard Simpson, from West Midlands Police, said: “This group caused widespread misery across the region.

“Residents waking up to find their vehicles stolen and realisation people had sneaked into their homes to steal keys.

“We managed to recover some of the cars and seized forensic evidence linking the men to the thefts, plus CCTV footage showed some of the defendants in stolen cars.

“Our officers picked them off over the space of 22 days, culminating with the great arrests of Khan, Brown and Gordon near the Audi dealership.

“The local policing unit had patrols nearby on the lookout for car criminals so, with back-up from traffic and the dog unit, the scene was contained within eight minutes of the initial 999 call.”

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