Nottinghamshire Police

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after ramming two police cars, driving the wrong way on a dual carriageway and crashing into two vehicles, leaving officers fearing for their lives.

Daniel Barrass, of no fixed address, took police on a pursuit on the A1 on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The camper van he was driving was stolen from an address in West Yorkshire and was also linked to the attempted theft of a camper van in Lincolnshire.

Barrass fled after he was interrupted and made his way onto the A46 towards Newark, Nottinghamshire. As officers caught up with his van at around 5.10pm, Barrass realised he was being followed and began swerving between lanes.

He then went all the way around a roundabout watching to see if the police car followed.

Making his way onto the A1 northbound he then slowed to only 15 miles per hour on the slip road, ignoring flashing blue lights. He then reversed straight into the front of the police car.

Speeding off, Barrass continued his efforts to avoid being captured before suddenly stopping and reversing again at speed into the police car.

Fearing for their lives, officers had to take the brunt of the hit and stop their car from rolling and hitting pedestrians behind them, who thankfully were uninjured.

In his pursuit for freedom, Barrass also rammed an armed response car before colliding with a member of the public after driving in the wrong direction on the A1. This left the victim’s car badly damaged and sideways on the road.

The chase finally ended after the camper van came to a halt and Barrass was arrested.

Barrass appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, April 27 having pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, attempt theft of motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and also disqualified from driving for four years and 10 months.

Detective Constable Bethany Sumner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an extremely dangerous piece of driving that not only put Barrass at risk of injury but also members of the public and our officers.

“Thankfully our officers were uninjured with the police cars taking the brunt of the impacts inflicted by Barrass.

“However, a woman was injured after the van collided with her vehicle as she travelled the correct way up the A1. That must have been extremely scary to see a car travelling directly at her on the wrong side of the road, and it’s incredibly lucky she wasn’t more seriously injured.

“This incident placed everyone in the path of the van in danger and could have resulted in some serious injuries. I hope the sentence Barrass has received today April 27) will give him time to reflect on the danger he put everyone in that day.

“It also showed just how neighbouring forces can work together to apprehend criminals even when they cross borders into different counties and with the help of Lincolnshire officers we were able to successfully arrest Barrass for this dangerous crime.

“This type of driving will never be tolerated and I’m thankful no one was seriously injured as a result of the incident.

“I hope it shows anyone else thinking they can evade officers and take part in dangerous police chases that we will use all the resources available to us to catch those responsible for endangering the public.”

A man who spat in the face of a police officer trying to break up a violent brawl has been sentenced, but avoided any jail time.

Harrison Price, 22, was arrested in Carter Gate in Newark after Nottinghamshire Police were called to a fight involving a group of men in the early hours of Saturday, August 1, 2020.

After struggling with officers, Price was caught on CCTV as he turned and spat at one of them on the cheek.

Price, of Milll Green in Newark, admitted and apologised for his actions during a police interview. He was one of a group of man detained after the melee.

The 22-year-old appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, April 22, 2022, after pleading guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.

He was given an 18-month community order and instructed to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

David Cooper, 21, of Main Street in Balderton, also appeared in court after admitting to affray.

Cooper was caught on CCTV brawling on the floor with one man before throwing punches at two others.

He was also handed an 18-month community order and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

PC Michael Weston, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a disgraceful episode that would have caused considerable alarm and distress to anyone who witnessed it.

“This type of casual thuggery is never acceptable and will always be dealt with robustly by Nottinghamshire Police – as will any kind of assault on our officers.

“It is worth remembering that this incident took place in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, where people were understandably concerned about spreading the virus.

“Spitting in somebody’s face is disgraceful at any time, but doing it at that time was simply inexcusable.

“I am pleased these two men accepted what they did and that they have now been dealt with by the courts. I hope they learn from what has happened and resolve to never behave in this way again.”

A 42-year-old man’s 13-year spell on the run from police was brought to an end earlier this year, and his arrest was captured on camera by an officer’s body camera.

Ambrose Nicholas O’Neill, first got into trouble with the law on February 10, 2007, when he made threats to kill a 67-year-old male antiques dealer in Seagrave, Leicestershire.

He knocked on the victim’s door posing as a pizza delivery man, pushed him over and punched him in the face before demanding the victim open his safe — but he left with no money.

After being arrested, O’Neill attended the first day of his trial at Leicester Crown Court in July 2018, but didn’t show up for the remainder of the case.

Little did police know that this would be the beginning of a manhunt lasting over a decade.

He earned the nickname ‘The Running Man’ from the national media as he continually evaded capture from police.

Despite his absence, O’Neill was sentenced to eight years in prison in December 2008, but did not serve any of that time right up until his eventual arrest in January 2022.

He was found after an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public, that O’Neill may have been living with a woman in the Wyberton area, near Boston.

Nottinghamshire Police officers burst into his hideout and arrested him, which was all captured on video thanks to the body cam of PC James Gill.

“The media portrayed him as someone who was laughing at cops,” recalled PC Gill. “As soon as we saw those reports, he became our number one priority.”

“We arrived at work at 2am in the morning and all sat around the briefing table. There were maps and detailed explanations of what was expected from each individual, because absolutely nobody wanted this to go wrong. It was a tense atmosphere but really exciting nonetheless.”

Upon arresting him it was clear that O’Neill had changed his appearance in the time he spent on the run, growing hair and putting on weight.

O’Neill was brought back into court where he admitted a charge of failure to attend court, and the judge jailed him for an extra eight months, which will be served consecutively with his eight year sentence from 2008.

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