Dumper truck driver sentenced
A man from Brandon been jailed for 14 months after admitting dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs after a 37-mile police pursuit with a dumper truck through Norfolk and into Suffolk last year.
Nicholas Churchill, 40 and of Mounts Pit Lane, Brandon, appeared at Norwich Crown Court after also pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking without consent and criminal damage at an earlier hearing last month. He was given a prison sentence and banned from driving for two years.
Three police cars were damaged during the incident, which happened on Monday 20 July 2015 after police received reports of a truck being driven dangerously in Cringleford.
Officers, assisted by the NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter, located the 30-tonne dumper truck at the Thickthorn roundabout and the pursuit continued on the A11, A134 and eventually came to a halt in Brandon at around 2.30pm. A man was arrested in connection with the incident and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Churchill was later charged with dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking without consent, criminal damage, driving whilst unfit through drugs and possession of Class B (amphetamines).
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Vinsen, from Norwich CID, said: “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.”