A ‘CAREER criminal’ who hit three cars and rammed a police vehicle while pursued has been jailed.
A statement from Sussex Police said that David Howard, 46, of Meadowside Park, Lingfield, Surrey appeared before Guildford Crown Court on Thursday June 9 charged with one count of burglary and one count of dangerous driving.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five and half years imprisonment, less three and a half months he had already served while on remand.
The statement said: “On February 14, Howard broke into a house in Littlehaven Lane, Horsham at around midday and stole jewellery to the value of £2,000.
“He hid the stolen items in a wheelie bin near offices by Horsham railway station and returned a few hours later to collect it.
“In the meantime a description of his car was given to police by a witness who saw him coming from the burgled house carrying a pillowcase.
“A police patrol car spotted Howard’s white Mondeo and attempted to stop it.
“Howard refused to stop for police and was then followed by a police car through Horsham town centre.
“However, the chase was halted as soon as Howard’s driving became dangerous.
“He went on to hit three cars and ram a police car, causing minor injuries to the officers.”
Howard was arrested a few days later at his home address in Surrey after committing similar burglaries there.
Detective Constable Andy Robinson, from West Sussex Priority Crime Team, said: “I am pleased with the sentence that Howard received.
“He was a career criminal and gave no thought for other drivers when he failed to stop for police and sped through Horsham town centre.
“As a result of good partnership work between Sussex and Surrey, Howard was quickly located and arrested and a lot of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the owners.”