On 23 May this year, officers were on patrol on the A264 Langton Road at Langton Green when they saw a Ford Transit van with defective rear lights.
After requesting the driver stop using their blue lights and siren, the van being driven by David Jordan of Paddock Wood, sped away towards Rusthall before stopping and reversing in an attempt to ram the police vehicle.
While the officers lost sight of the van, a police dog handler later saw it on the A26 Eridge Road.
Police say Jordan was pursued through Frant into East Sussex where the he sped dangerously through rural roads and reversed a number of times into the dog handler’s vehicle.
A stinger device finally brought the van to a halt in Turnden Road, Cranbrook where Jordan got out of the driver’s door and ran from the scene through residential gardens.
He was finally found hiding in a bush by police dog ‘Cliff’.
He was arrested and charged with criminal damage to a police vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, failing to stop for a police officer when required to do so and possession of cannabis.
Jordan, of Ringden Avenue, Paddock Wood, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday [August 10], and the 25-year-old was handed a prison sentence of one year and three months.
District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, Chief Inspector Rachael Cumberland said: “Jordan drove in a disgraceful manner without thought for the danger he posed to other road users or the police officers who had directed him to stop.
“My officers tenaciously continued the pursuit while seeking to minimise the risks, and once PD Cliff started tracking it was only a matter of time before he was arrested.”
“It is only right that Jordan is now serving a prison sentence.”
You can watch the police chase and subsequent arrest here: