A Brandon man has been jailed for 14 months for drug-driving a 30-tonne dumper truck during a 37-mile police pursuit through Norfolk and Suffolk.
Nicholas Churchill, 40, of Mounts Pit Lane, Brandon, appeared at Norwich Crown Court this morning after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drugs, aggravated vehicle taking without consent and criminal damage.
Police received reports of a truck being driven dangerously in Cringleford on July 20, 2015.
Officers, assisted by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, located the 30-tonne dumper truck at the Thickthorn roundabout and the pursuit continued on to the A11 and A134 before coming to a halt in Brandon at around 2.30pm.
Three police cars were damaged during the ordeal, at a cost of more than £28,000.
A Ford Focus and Volvo were written off while a BMW X5 suffered minor damage and was repaired.
Today, Churchill was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Andy Vinsen, of Norwich CID, has welcomed the sentence.
He said: “Churchill got into the vehicle after an argument with his employers knowing he was unfit to drive and under the influence of drugs.
“It’s a miracle no one was injured when the vehicle was driven on main roads through heavy traffic, which could have easily led to an innocent member of the public being hurt.
“During the pursuit, Churchill purposefully rammed into three police cars. Thankfully, no officers were in the cars at the point of impact, but this could have ended very differently.
“I am pleased that Churchill has been given a custodial sentence, which demonstrates that this is a serious matter and the courts will not tolerate such despicable behaviour.”