A group of men have been jailed after throwing rocks at a police car and ramming into the vehicle whilst trying to make an escape.
Shocking footage of the act has emerged showing two of the masked men throwing rocks at the police car and smashing the windscreen. The men then continue to drive and reverse into the police car in an attempt to flee.
On duty North Wales police officer PC Emma Birrell was in the car at the time of the incident on Old Aston Hill, Deeside in April this year.
The officer was told to watch over a silver Audi that was believed to be connected to a recent bulglary. When the parked Audi left the B5125 road, PC Birrell followed it through the village until it stopped and two men in balaclava’s got out and began throwing rocks at the police car.
The officer can be heard communicating with the control room who then deploy more officers to assist saying: “They are throwing stuff at this vehicle, I’ve got a smashed windscreen.”
The men then got into the car and continued driving at 80mph, until a wheel fell off and the vehicle came to a stop. When the police officer made her way out of a police car after tailing them the group of men rammed into the police vehicle in an attempt to escape.
All four men were later arrested and charged with various offences including burglary, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified. Another officer was injured whilst the arrests were being made.
The case was heard at Mold Crown Court on Friday November 8 and all four men received custodial sentences.
Thomas Berry, 27, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, Michael Doran, 26, received 20 months, Patrick Paul Doran, 33, received three years and Adam William Purcell was sentenced to 42 months.
PC Birrell, was taken to hospital at the time but was not seriously injured. The officer has since received a Superintendent’s Commendation for the incident.
Detective Constable Lisa Evans of Wrexham CID said: “The sentence will I’m sure bring a degree of relief to many in the local community and I hope it will provide the public with some reassurance and make our communities safer.
“All four men had a complete disregard for their victims and thought they could evade police detection. It is thanks to great partnership work by our officers that these prolific criminals are now behind bars.
“North Wales Police will relentlessly pursue those individuals who cause most harm and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Temporary Chief Inspector Dave Cust of the Roads Policing Unit added: “Other officers, including the Roads Policing Unit and local policing colleagues were making their way towards the incident, and PC Birrell, despite not knowing the danger she faced, continued to pursue the car whilst single-crewed.
“This was a frightening incident for her and she displayed courage, tenacity and commitment to duty in order to apprehend the males involved.
“This was an appalling act of dangerous driving and it was only by good fortune no one was injured.”