Driver crashed stolen car into parked vehicles and bollards
A MAN drove a stolen car though two sets of bollards and crashed into three parked cars as he tried to flee from police in Derby.
Daniel Baker also had stolen store cards and a theme-park pass on him when officers finally caught up with him in Cambridge Street, Pear Tree.
The Vauxhall Zafira he was driving had been stolen from outside a home in Bakewell Street, Derby, in a burglary the day before.
The cards had been stolen during two other burglaries a few days earlier.
Baker, 31, told officers he had found the car with the key in the door and he had bought the cards and the Merlin Annual Pass for £20.
Jailing Baker for one year and eight months, Recorder Martin Spencer QC said he felt that he had no choice other than to send him to prison because of his "appalling" criminal record.
He said that if he gave Baker a community order or a suspended sentence then he believed it would not be long before he was back in court.
Sarah Slater said the Vauxhall Zafira was seen driving around Normanton at 9.50am on September 30.
A police patrol car caught up with the stolen vehicle on Pear Tree Street and clearly indicated for it to stop.
"But it continued on to Shaftesbury Crescent; knowing it was a dead end, the officers parked their car and got out," said Miss Slater.
"But the car forced its way through some bollards on to a grassed area outside some houses."
Baker then reversed and rammed through the next set of bollards on to the other side of the road, smashing into three parked cars.
Miss Slater said: "He eventually came to a stop on Cambridge Street. He got out and tried to run off but the officers caught up with him."
Baker, previously of Derby but now of Dale Road, Matlock Bath, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance and handling stolen goods.
Justin Ablott, in mitigation, said: "He has lived in Derby city and acknowledges his associates would also be people who are in regular contact with the courts. He is trying to put that sort of activity behind him and has moved to a semi-rural location."
But he added that Baker had found it difficult to turn his back on his drug habit.