Dangerous driver who rammed police car jailed

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A dangerous driver who rammed a police car into the central reservation during a 40-minute pursuit has been jailed for 18 months.

Northumbria Police released dramatic dashcam footage of the incident in North Tyneside which the force said could have been fatal.

He had been spotted at a petrol station at 9.30pm on March 3 and Jobes refused to stop and picked up speed as he drove through busy estates in Annitsford before heading onto the dual-carriageway.

One police car got in front and one was at his side in a box manoeuvre but Jobes rammed the BMW into the barrier, causing a write-off.

The written off Northumbria Police BMW
The Northumbria Police BMW was written off after being smashed into the central reservation (Northumbria Police/PA)

He was arrested by police on foot and was charged with dangerous driving and having no insurance.

Jobes, of Howlett Hall Road, Scotswood, Newcastle, admitted the offences on Thursday, Northumbria Police said, and he was jailed for 18 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Martin Jobes
Martin Jobes, 47, from Scotswood, Newcastle, who has been jailed (Northumbria Police/PA)

He said: “Not only did he endanger the life of the traffic officers but he drove at high speeds, on the wrong side of the road and often through busy residential areas.

“He was not concerned about anybody but himself and I am glad that he has now been put behind bars.”

Jobes, who has 33 previous convictions including numerous for driving while disqualified, was also handed a driving ban by the judge.

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