Parting shot for police after car chase to village

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A BANNED driver deliberately reversed into a police car after leading officers on a dangerous chase in a bid to getaway, a judge has heard.

Thomas Webber appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance or licence, and causing criminal


Webber, 19, of School Street, Wolston, was sentenced to ten months detention.

He had previous convictions for driving offences.

Prosecutor Iain Willis said that on Wednesday March 23 Webber was driving a van on the A45 at Ryton-on-Dunmsmore at around 1.20pm.

But the vehicle was captured by an automatic number plate recognition camera which registered the fact that it had no current insurance.

Officers in a nearby police vehicle were alerted.

They indicated to Webber to pull over as he headed towards Coventry.

He did then pull over - but when one of the officers got out to speak to him, Webber suddenly accelerated away.

He led the officers on a dangerous chase from Coventry to the village of Brandon, where he was blocked in.

Webber then reversed the van into an unmarked police car behind him, causing about £1,000 damage, before fleeing from the scene on foot.

After he was caught he said he had bought the van to use it for his job as a self-employed window cleaner, and had been using it that day to collect some items for his aunt.

Webber added that he had tried to get away from the police because he had no licence or insurance.