Dramatic footage of a dangerous driver who rammed into a police car as he attempted to flee from capture has been released by Nottinghamshire Police.
Graham Ryder, aged 48, of Strelley Street, Bulwell, failed to stop after officers spotted him driving past them at speed on Main Street in Bulwell town centre, just after midnight on 20 January earlier this year.
They immediately followed his black Ford Focus and witnessed him hitting the wing mirror of a parked car so put on their emergency lights to request he stop.
Instead, he sped away, travelling in excess of 75 miles per hour and driving on the wrong side of the road towards oncoming traffic.
He also jumped red traffic lights and road works without any regard for other road users, before finally crashing into a stone bollard at the top of Hoewood Road, leaving him with a broken wrist, fractured rib and fractured vertebrae in his spine.
Ryder was charged with dangerous driving and criminal damage, which he pleaded guilty to at a court hearing earlier this year. He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (26 August 2020), where he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years.
He has also been disqualified from driving with a re-test requirement.
Police Constable Kyle Hackett who ran the investigation said: “Ryder took the law into his own hands when he drove in such a dangerous manner and held no regard for the safety of other road users or pedestrians. He could very easily have killed someone or himself the way he was driving. Thankfully he didn’t.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues on patrol who acted bravely in order to pursue and apprehend Ryder.
“We won’t tolerate dangerous driving in Nottinghamshire and we will do everything we can to bring offenders before the courts.”