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Police car rammed after Nottingham pursuit

Police Constable Dan Machin and Sergeant Ian Coleman were on patrol in the Radford area of Nottingham when they were made aware of a Vauxhall Meriva which had failed to stop for colleagues.

The driver – 29-year-old Joseph Carter – had taken the car without the owner’s consent. He sped away and failed to stop for cops who were hot on his trail.

PC Machin and Sgt Coleman followed the car and activated their lights and sirens but Carter refused to stop. As the highly-trained officers started to close the net on him, Carter rammed into their car, causing extensive damage to its front, as he tried to get away.

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The chase was back on – this time on foot – after he made a run for it but he was no match for fleet-footed officers who quickly had him in handcuffs.

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The officers’ determined efforts to catch Carter, during the early hours of 1 April 2021, can been seen in tonight’s action-packed episode of Police Interceptors along with other shining examples of crime-fighting work.

Following the incident Carter, formerly of Radford Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, two counts of resisting a police constable in the execution of their duty and breach of a restraining order.

He was jailed for 16 months and handed a 20-month driving ban when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on 13 July 2021.

Recalling the incident, PC Machin said: “Carter posed a real danger to the public and he was clearly desperate to evade capture by any means but thanks to some great police teamwork, especially by our response colleagues attempting stinger tactics and assisting in detaining him, he was quickly stopped in his tracks.

“We aim to avoid damage to police vehicles and property wherever possible.

“However, sometimes they must be put in harm’s way in order to protect the wider public which in this case was achieved by taking a clearly dangerous individual off the streets of Nottingham, placing him before the courts and eventually into the prison system.”

In tonight’s band new episode of Police Interceptors, viewers will see a drug offender trying to evade officers in Radford – this time on two wheels.

The cyclist – a 30-year-old man – refused to stop for members of Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated knife crime team. After falling off his bike he ran from officers but was swiftly caught and arrested for being in possession of Mamba.

He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug.

He was ordered to pay £40 costs when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 16 August 2021 and an order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.

As well as this, in tonight’s show cops quickly swoop on two opportunist criminals who are caught red handed with bottles of alcohol in their possession following a pub break-in in Nottingham city centre during the early hours of 23 May 2021.

The brazen offenders – 38-year-old Andrew O’Connor, of Brewsters Road, St Ann’s, and 36-year-old Gemma Swindell, of Forest Road West, Forest Fields – were subsequently charged and both were sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 24 May 2021.

O’Connor was given a six-month community order and ordered to pay £100 compensation after pleading guilty to burglary and Swindell was also handed the same sentence after she pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Officers also encounter lots of twists and turns while investigating reports of a burglary at an address in Bulwell in July 2021.

Enquiries led officers to discover a cannabis grow in the loft and question two suspects in connection with the investigation.

More good police work to be seen on television screens involves proactive knife crime team members stopping a car which smelt of cannabis In Woodborough Road, Nottingham, on the night of 3 December 2020.

It led to them sniffing out a drug dealer and seizing multiple deal bags containing the Class B drug along with phones and cash.

Arfan Alyas, aged 28, of Carlton, was arrested at the scene and went on to plead guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

He received an 18-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work in the community.

You can catch all of this and more by tuning into tonight’s Police Interceptors on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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