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Man who led Nottinghamshire Police officers on pursuit on A46 Newark while fearing for their lives is jailed

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A man who rammed two police cars, drove the wrong way on a dual carriageway, crashed into two vehicles and left officers fearing for their lives, has been jailed.

In an effort to evade capture, Daniel Barrass took police on a pursuit on the A1 in November 2021 after a campervan he was driving — stolen from an address in West Yorkshire — was also linked to the attempted theft of a campervan in Lincolnshire.

The 32-year-old fled after he was interrupted and made his way onto the A46 towards Newark.

Daniel Barrass. (56364236)
Daniel Barrass. (56364236)

As officers caught up with his van at around 5.10pm, Barrass, realising he was being followed, began swerving between lanes before going all the way around a roundabout to see if the police car followed.

Making his way onto the A1 northbound he then slowed to only 15 miles per hour on the slip road, ignoring flashing blue lights, and then reversed straight into the front of the police car.

Speeding off, Barrass continued his efforts to avoid capture before suddenly stopping and reversing again at speed into the police car.

Damage to the police car. (56364233)
Damage to the police car. (56364233)

Fearing for their lives, officers had to take the brunt of the hit and stop their car from rolling and hitting pedestrians behind them. Thankfully they were uninjured.

In his pursuit for freedom Barrass also rammed an armed response car before colliding with a member of the public after driving in the wrong direction on the A1 — leaving the victim's car badly damaged and sideways on the road.

The chase finally ended after the campervan came to a halt and Barrass was arrested.

Barrass appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday having pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, attempt theft of motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and also disqualified from driving for four years and ten months.

Detective Constable Bethany Sumner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an extremely dangerous piece of driving that not only put Barrass at risk of injury but also members of the public and our officers.

“Thankfully our officers were uninjured with the police cars taking the brunt of the impacts inflicted by Barrass.

“However, a woman was injured after the van collided with her vehicle as she travelled the correct way up the A1. That must have been extremely scary to see a car travelling directly at her on the wrong side of the road, and it’s incredibly lucky she wasn’t more seriously injured.

“This incident placed everyone in the path of the van in danger and could have resulted in some serious injuries. I hope the sentence Barrass has received today will give him time to reflect on the danger he put everyone in that day.

“It also showed just how neighbouring forces can work together to apprehend criminals even when they cross borders into different counties and with the help of Lincolnshire officers we were able to successfully arrest Barrass for this dangerous crime.

“This type of driving will never be tolerated and I’m thankful no one was seriously injured as a result of the incident.

“I hope it shows anyone else thinking they can evade officers and take part in dangerous police chases that we will use all the resources available to us to catch those responsible for endangering the public.”

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