Jail for man who rammed Leeds police officers

A man who drove at police officers and then caused more than £3,000 damage after smashing into their cars has been jailed for 18 months.

David Littler, 32, had been on a week-long alcohol and drugs binge when he injured an officer and caused the damage in the car park of The Globe pub on Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds.

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Leeds Crown Court heard how the landlord contacted police after he saw Littler behaving suspiciously in a Ford Focus outside the pub on September 1.

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Two officers arrived in a marked car and blocked his exit. They asked Littler to switch off the engine as they approached the vehicle.

He initially obeyed their orders but the officers drew their batons after he re-started the engine.

Prosecuting, Simon Bourne-Arton said Littler then tried to flee the scene by driving between the parked police car and a wooden fence.

He drove directly at PC Thomas Jeffrey, hitting his legs as well as damaging the police vehicle.

The court heard how Littler continued to drive forward before reversing and the fence eventually gave way.

A second police car then arrived on the scene which Littler also drove into, Mr Bourne-Arton added.

Littler was arrested after an officer manage to smash the window of Littler's Ford Focus before reaching in to switch off the engine.

When interviewed by police, Littler said he had spent a week at a festival and had taken excessive amounts of drink and drugs. Earlier that day, he claimed he had taken mephedrone and had also been drinking.

He said he had acted out of panic and later broke down in front of officers at the police station, asking them to get him help.

Almost 3,500 worth of damage was caused to the cars, while PC Jeffrey received treatment for bruising to his knees and lower legs.

Littler, of Bawn Drive, Farnley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and assault of a police officer.

The court heard he had previous convictions for assaulting a police officer and drink driving. Kama Melly, mitigating, said Littler had experienced problems with drugs since he was 20 and had taken steps to get help.

Judge James Spencer also banned him from driving for five years.

He said: "It is the most appalling piece of arrogant driving, dangerous in its commission and its inception."

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