Kirkby man rams police in desperate bid to escape capture

A Kirkby criminal tried to evade capture during a high-speed chase by ramming into police cars even after his tyres had been punctured by a stinger.

The jaw-dropping footage shows Patrick Jones, 28, from Kirkby, smashing into several police cars before being forced to stop on the A500 dual carriageway.

Jones, who was part of a gang involved in several high-value burglaries, managed to escape on foot from the red Audi A5 while his accomplices were arrested nearby.

He had been on the run since November 2018 but was arrested last month in the West Midlands.

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Sentencing him at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday, August 6, Judge Andrew Barnett said Jones was involved in “a well-planned and highly sophisticated operation”.

He added that during the dangerous, high-speed chase, Jones drove at “colossal speed" with "an appalling piece of driving, one of the worst cases of driving I've seen."

Jones, who was already disqualified from driving at the time of the offence, was sentenced to two years in jail for his involvement in the burglaries, and for a further six months for dangerous driving. The sentences are to run consecutively.

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Patrick Jones from Kirkby was sentenced for his involvement in high-value burglaries and dangerous driving

He was also disqualified from driving for eight years and three months.

The burglaries were carried out in premises in Salisbury and Wiltshire, where an estimated £45,000 of goods were stolen by the gang.

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Detective Constable Cerys Powell said: "We welcome the fact that Jones has been brought to justice thanks to the skill and dedication of officers from Wiltshire Police with the support of colleagues from neighbouring forces.

“We hope this sentence sends out a clear message that Wiltshire is not an easy target. We have the skill, dedication and resources to bring offenders to justice and will not hesitate to do so."