A driver led police on a high-speed chase into the grounds of New Cross Hospital before reversing at officers who tried to arrest him, a court heard.
Police were on patrol when they saw Kyle Pugh’s Ford Mondeo and decided to follow him to see if he was speeding in the early hours of February 4.
The 25-year-old, of Second Avenue, Low Hill, did initially stop at traffic lights when he saw the marked police car behind him. But when officers decided to stop his car Pugh ‘panicked and put his foot down’, said Mr Jas Mann, defending.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told yesterday how Pugh drove down Wolverhampton Road before hitting speeds of around 50mph in the hospital’s grounds.
Mr Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said Pugh did not stop at a traffic island and drove until he reached a dead end in the car park.
The police car following him and parked in such a way as to stop him from making an escape attempt Mr Jones said, but as officers tried to open the driver’s side door, Pugh reversed at them.
Neither of the police constables were hit, and no-one else was in the grounds, but Pugh drove backwards into a fence and a parked Hyundai before his car came to a standstill. He was arrested after being tasered.
Describing the chase, Mr Jones told the court: “Black smoke was coming out of the exhaust. He cut the corner on the wrong side of Wolverhampton Road before turning into the hospital grounds, where he reached 50mph.”
He added £300 damage was caused to the fence in the car park, into which Pugh eventually crashed. Pugh admitted dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, driving without a licence and obstructing a Pc at a previous hearing. His plea was made on the basis he did not deliberately target the officers when he reversed his car and this was accepted by prosecutors. He was jailed for 27 weeks, his licence was endorsed and he was disqualified from driving for a year.
Mr Mann, defending, said: “His principal mitigation is his guilty plea. He behaved badly and is genuinely sorry. He doesn’t intentionally drive at the officers but he accepts he put them in danger.”
Judge John Warner said he gave credit to Pugh for his guilty plea. He added: “If you put yourself in this sort of position again you will go away for a long time.”