A man with a child in his car rammed a police vehicle and hit speeds of 100mph as he tried to evade officers on a 260-mile journey.
Wayne Smith assaulted a woman in Staffordshire on August 4 last year before taking her child and driving to Newquay in Cornwall the following day.
Police were alerted to the incident and officers from Avon and Somerset Police located the 27-year-old’s car on the M5.
And as the pursuing officers attempted to box him in between junctions 22 and 21 near Weston-super-Mare, Smith deliberately turned into a police 4×4, flipping it several times.
The vehicle came to rest on its roof, leaving the officer trapped as it then caught fire. The officer was rescued, but suffered head injuries and PTSD as a result of the collision.
Smith was then arrested and the child was discovered in the foot well of his car. The youngster was taken to hospital before being released the following day.
Now, following a trial, Smith, of Mile Oak, Tamworth, has been jailed for two years and two months.
- 16 months for dangerous driving
- two months for assault by beating
- eight months for assault/ill-treatment/neglect/abandoment of a child or young person likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury
- five months for assault causing actual bodily harm, which will run concurrently to the other sentences
He was acquitted of false imprisonment and sexual assault.
Detective Constable Martin Ottey, from Staffordshire Police CID, said: “Smith took a young child without his mother’s knowledge and put its life at risk by driving extremely dangerously and reaching speeds way over the speed limit.
“He put the child, the officers and himself in danger and it’s a miracle no-one was seriously injured. Despite his best efforts to get away, officers arrested him and he’s now been brought to justice for his actions.”