Essex

Dagenham man jailed after attacking officer and hijacking police car

Pudding Lane, Chigwell Image copyright Google
Image caption The assault took place in Pudding Lane, Chigwell, last October

A motorist who attacked a police officer before hijacking his patrol car has been jailed.

Tony Turner, 36, of Vincent Road, Dagenham, was being breathalysed following a crash in Chigwell, Essex, on 31 October when he assaulted the officer and took the car, which had a police dog in the back.

The car was later found in Romford.

Turner was jailed for a total of 30 months when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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He was given 18 months for occasioning actual bodily harm, plus 12 months for possessing identity documents with intent.

The judge also sentenced him to 15 months' imprisonment for aggravated vehicle-taking, to run concurrently.

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