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Jailed - for 50 mile chase in a dustcart
A DRIVER who deliberately tried to mow down a policewoman while behind the wheel of a stolen bin lorry has been jailed for 20 months.
Despite having to jump over a crash barrier, to avoid being struck by the 26-tonne truck, shocked traffic officer PC Alison Gale continued her attempts to stop Aaron Millar.
Judge Peter Johnson praised the “courageous officer” adding that she had “shown commendable resolve” during the early morning 50-mile chase across East Dorset on March 5 this year.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Millar, 22, had reached speeds of 56 mph while being pursued by eight police cars during the one-and-a-half hour pursuit.
Stinger traps were deployed five times before he swerved and crashed into a hedge in the village of Portesham near Weymouth.
Giving evidence at Millar’s trial, PC Gale told jurors how she had been waiting to deploy a stinger trap when she saw the stolen dustcart, taken from a recycling centre at Arena Way, Wim-borne, hurtling towards her.
The trial was halted after Millar (pictured right) from Station Road, Parkstone, admitted assault, with intent to resist arrest, at the end of the prosecution case.
He had been charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm but Judge Johnson instructed jurors to return a not guilty verdict.
Millar also admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, taking a vehicle without consent, criminal damage and two burglaries.
His passenger Paul Summers, 23, from Princes Street, Abertillery, Gwent, pleaded guilty to two burglaries, aggravated vehicle taking, taking without consent and criminal damage.
Defending both, Robert Griffiths said his clients had been driving various vehicles around the recycling centre yard before a security guard arrived.
He added: “They panicked; their intention was to try and get away which was foolish because the bin lorry didn’t travel very fast.
“It was easy for the guard to follow them, giving a running commentary to the police.
“Stingers only cover half the road so Millar simply drove round them.
“He was trying to get round one when he discovered he was heading straight towards PC Gale.
“It must have been very scary; she was not in any physical danger.
Summers was jailed for 13 months and both men’s licences were en-dorsed.
Millar was banned from driving for three years and Summers banned from the road for a year.