Banned driver jailed for 10 months after smashing into three vehicles

Banned driver, 21, is jailed for 10 months after smashing into three vehicles then crashing into brick wall when cornered by police

  • CCTV footage shows the moment the driver crashed into three vehicles
  • Brennan Cullen was suspected of driving while disqualified by police
  • They cornered his vehicle and approached the driver in Retford, Notts
  • He then reversed into two vehicles before driving forward into another 
  • He was jailed for 10 months for dangerous driving and received concurrent sentences for driving while disqualified and criminal damage offences

A banned driver, 21, who smashed into three vehicles before crashing into a brick wall after being cornered by police has been jailed for 10 months. 

CCTV footage shows the moment the driver crashed into a police car and two other vehicles after being approached by officers who attempted to open the door. 

Brennan Cullen was stopped by police while driving a red Seat Leon after they suspected him of driving while disqualified. 

A banned driver, 21, who smashed into three vehicles (pictured) before crashing into a brick wall after being cornered by police has been jailed for 10 months

After the Leon became boxed in, two police cars pulled up behind it before officers got out and approached the driver in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

They tried to open the doors but they were locked. 

Cullen then drove forward before reversing into the police car and Mercedes Sprinter van which had cornered him.

CCTV footage shows the moment the driver crashed into a police car and two other vehicles after being approached by officers who attempted to open the door

Police shouted for Cullen to stop and smashed the driver’s side window but Cullen drove forward at speed, hitting a stationary Volvo Estate and shunting it forward.

The driver then reversed again, hitting the van with such force that its door was almost ripped off as the driver was about to get out of the vehicle.

After squeezing the car between the van and a police car Cullen crashed into a brick wall before he was arrested.

Brennan Cullen was stopped by police while driving a red Seat Leon after they suspected him of driving while disqualified

One of the police officers suffered minor leg injuries as Cullen tried to drive away and the van driver also suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred at around 2.30pm on January 20 and Cullen appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Monday. 

Cullen previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, three counts of criminal damage, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified.   

After the Leon became boxed in, two police cars pulled up behind it before officers got out and approached the driver in Retford, Nottinghamshire

He was jailed for 10 months for dangerous driving and received lesser concurrent sentences for driving while disqualified and criminal damage offences. 

His licence will be endorsed for having no insurance and he also received a three-year driving ban, with five months added on to cover half of his sentence before his release on licence.

Detective Constable Emma Temple, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Cullen’s extremely dangerous driving could easily have resulted in more serious consequences.

They tried to open the doors but they were locked and Cullen then drove forward before reversing into the police car and Mercedes Sprinter van which had cornered him

‘I’m amazed that no-one suffered any serious injuries as a result of his actions. It was pure luck that no-one got in his way as he clearly had no regard for anyone’s safety. He could have killed someone.’

Inspector Neil Bellamy, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector responsible for local policing in the Bassetlaw area, said: ‘Nottinghamshire

Police will take all steps to get drivers off the road who drive dangerously and put the safety of other road users at risk.

‘We are currently planning some traffic operations on East Bassetlaw.

‘This will primarily concentrate on speeding and use of mobile phones.

‘Together with the fire service we will focus on educating the drivers and look to prosecute those who flaunt the law.

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