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08/02/2016 09:00:00

On the run in a dumper truck

A driver made off with a 30 tonne dumper truck in July last year, and went on the run at the vehicle’s top speed of 30 miles per hour. He led police on a 37 mile journey, across two different counties during which he did 26 thousand pounds worth of damage, including writing off 2 cars and causing damage to several others.


At Norwich Crown Court, Nicholas Churchill, aged 40 and hailing from Brandon in Suffolk, claimed that a ‘red mist’ had come over him when the air conditioning in the cab failed. He felt too hot, but was told to carry on with his work in a Norfolk quarry. In fact, the weather was mild at only 13 degrees C, and Churchill only felt hot because of the amphetamines he had taken.

Churchill drove through a pedestrianised street that should have been closed to all traffic, causing pedestrians to have to scatter, and he left a great deal of destruction in his wake. He rammed a police car, frightening the driver who stated that he thought he was about to die. Churchill drove on a series of major roads during the pursuit, including the A11, A134 and A140, pursued by a helicopter and 6 police cars.

Churchill admitted aggravated taking of a vehicle, driving dangerously and being unfit to drive after taking drugs. His actions were described as ‘shocking’ and ‘sustained’ dangerous driving, and earned him a 2 year driving ban and 14 months in prison.



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