A 19-year-old man from Sutton who drove his car at a police officer after a chase along the A22 on June 13 has been jailed for 23 months.
Officers chased a suspected stolen vehicle along the A22 after it had been linked to a burglary in Oxted eight days before.
Officers managed to box the vehicle in (using a manoeuvre known as Tactical Pursuit and Containment TPAC).
During the TPAC, the vehicle swerved into one of the police cars, trying to force it off of the road. Police managed to box the vehicle in, and it then tried to reverse away, so officers got out of their vehicles and tried to remove the driver Ramone Kidd- this included smashing the windows of the vehicle.
In-car video footage shows Sergeant Chris Schultze, of the Area Patrol Team, was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, but thenstarted to go towards the driver’s side to assist officers. As Sergeant Schultze was making his way to the driver’s side, Kidd drove forward in what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to knock the officers over the barrier, as seen in the footage.
Sergeant Schultze was initially treated at hospital for his injuries, and was later discharged and is now back on duty.
The three occupants were arrested for various offences including burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop.
Kidd appeared at Guildford Crown Court and pleaded guilty to:
- Dangerous driving
- Driving whilst disqualified
- Driving whilst unfit through drink / drugs
- Actual bodily harm (ABH)
- Kidd had his licence disqualified for three years.
In court, Judge Moss commended all the officers involved in the initial pursuit and the investigation team.
Two other men have been released under investigation for the burglary offences while enquiries continue.