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Danger driver reversed into police car and was tackled by police dog

The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.

A drug addict who went on a crime spree in Hartlepool and Barnard Castle has been jailed for 20 months.

Leon Robinson sparked a police chase during which he reversed into a police car before being tackled by a police dog.

Robinson was due before magistrates for other motoring offences the morning after the chase, Teesside Crown Court heard.

“He was seen by police driving a van in Catcote Road in Hartlepool just after midnight,” said Chris Wood, prosecuting.

“There was a short pursuit before he stopped the van, leading the police to believe he was going to give himself up.

“But he reversed into the police car, before driving off again.”

The court heard Robinson stopped for a second time, then ran away towards a building site.

“The officer used his police dog to help find Robinson,” said Mr Wood.

“The next set of offences happened in Barnard Castle.

“In the early hours, Robinson broke into a convenience store, stealing e-cigarettes and liquid.

“He broke into another business where he took the float of £50 which had been left in the till.

“The owner of that business points out his losses are increased by the inconvenience, time spent clearing up, and possible extra insurance premiums.

“Robinson was later seen by police driving a Fiesta van which aroused their suspicions.

“He was stopped in Staindrop, outside Barnard Castle, at about 5am.

“When informed he was going to be arrested, Robinson became violent and a struggle ensued.

“One of the officers reports having to strike him to calm him down.

“Robinson lashed out at one officer and spat at three others.”

Robinson, 29, of Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on October 20, last year.

He admitted two charges of burglary, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified, and four charges of assaulting a police officer, all on May 15.

Matthew Collins, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Robinson had a significant drugs habit.

“When things went wrong in his life he would take drugs then take stupid decisions to offend.

“He is coming to realise that is not the way he wants to live his life.

“Since being in prison on remand, he has been free of drugs, and he has done a number of courses to help him stay free of drugs.

“Looking at his record and this offending, it would be tempting to say he is a hopeless case.

“But this is a man who is changing, and he is a man who wants to be a good father to his son.”

Judge Howard Crowson jailed Robinson for 20 months.

The judge told him: “You do appear to be making progress in prison, which I am pleased to see.

“When dealing with a man with your record, there will always be a note of caution, but I hope you can maintain that progress.

“It has to be custody today, as you appreciate it must be for what was something of a crime spree.

“The sentence has been reduced to reflect the efforts you are making to tackle your problems.”

Robinson was banned from driving for two years and 10 months.