JAILED: Drug dealers locked up after police car rammed during botched escape
Two drug dealers from Rugeley, who rammed a police car injuring two officers in their botched attempt to escape, have been jailed.
Police followed Frankie Whitehead and Benjamin Bailey to the Co-op supermarket in Red Brook Lane, Brereton, on November 17 after the pair supplied drugs.
Whitehead, driving his girlfriend’s car because he was banned, reversed into the marked police car before speeding off and hitting crashing into a car park wall.
Both defendants fled the scene and were caught nearby.
Cocaine with a street value of £2,500, more than £2,100 in cash and several mobile phones were recovered.
Whitehead, aged 25, of Newman Grove, was jailed yesterday at Stafford Crown Court for three years and four months for possession with intent to supply cocaine, and while he received an extra six months for dangerous and disqualified driving.
Bailey, 28, of Yew Tree Road, was jailed for three years for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
He was handed an additional four months for committing the offence while being on a suspended sentence for a conviction for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Both had pleaded guilty to the offences.
Detective Inspector Lesley Fowler, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We’re pleased that these two men are now behind bars.
“Their drug dealing caused misery and their actions were reckless as they attempted to escape. It’s fortunate that no one was seriously injured by their actions.”
Both officers are now back at work on full duties, although one was hospitalised on the night.