Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Was Stupid Admits Driver

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Was Stupid Admits Driver

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com

A BRAVE policeman used his car as a barrier to stop a speeding teenager after a chase across Teesside.

The officer drove into the path of Anthony Murphy's vehicle to prevent it heading back into Middlesbrough town centre on a Saturday night.

Army applicant Murphy, 18, had swerved dangerously close to another officer setting a "stinger" device to stop the wayward vehicle.

He had torn up and down the A66 at speeds up to 100mph with four frightened passengers in his Fiat Punto, a court heard.

He was finally brought to a halt by a police driver who positioned his car so that Murphy collided with its side.

The teenager was found crying behind the wheel, saying: "I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to do it."

He was in tears in the dock at Teesside Crown Court as he faced his sentence yesterday.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs described Murphy's "prolonged, persistent, deliberate course of bad driving" at about 4am on Sunday, August 3. …

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