Leeds drug driver’s apology to police after ramming car

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A drug driver who was arrested after ramming a police car on his way to a party told officers: “I’m sorry, I’m high on cocaine.”

A court heard a police officer came close to suffering serious injuries in the collision on Clarence Road, Hunslet, which was caused by Tyson Brennan.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers spotted Brennan driving his VW Golf inappropriately on January 25 last year at around 8.30pm when road conditions were poor due to snow.

Officers tried to block him in but Brennan drove at their car at speed. One of the officers had got out of the vehicle but managed to jump back inside shortly before impact. Brennan’s car struck the police vehicle before hitting two parked cars. The officer suffered cuts and scratches to his hands but escaped serious injury.

Jessica Slaughter, prosecuting, said Brennan was arrested at the scene and said: “I’m sorry, I’m high on cocaine.” He was found in possession of a small amount of the class A drug. Brennan was later examined by a doctor and found to be unfit to drive. Test showed he had taken cannabis and cocaine. Ms Slaughter said Brennan’s vehicle was a hire car which belonged to his employer and he did not have authority to drive it. Brennan, of Spencer Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, dangerous driving, having no insurance and possession of a class A drug. Brennan has 33 previous convictions and has served a custodial sentence for kidnap and possession of a firearm.

Genan Hashim, mitigating, said Brennan had suffered mental health problems since the incident but had been responding well to treatment. He said Brennan was now the father of a five-month-old daughter and was committed to his family.

Brennan was made the subject of a 12-month community order and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

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