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 Jail for driver who injured three officers


A driver who left three police officers injured as he tried to evade capture is today behind bars.

Elroy McArthur crashed his black 4x4 into three parked cars as he careered through the streets of Darlington under the influence of drugs on November 16.

The 23-year-old hit a vehicle parked on Victoria Road, but the quick-thinking driver called police and followed McArthur as he made his way around the town.

He went on to strike another car parked in Grainger Street and a third waiting at the junction with Park Lane and Parkside, although again, thankfully, the driver was not injured.

McArthur then made off towards Neasham Road, but as officers tried to box him in he refused to stop and instead rammed both police vehicles, injuring the two officers driving, and hitting a third who was standing outside of the vehicle.

McArthur then drove the Vauxhall Frontera off towards the A66, pursued by officers before he finally lost control and crashed into a road sign at the junction with Yarm Road Business Park.

Even then he tried to escape by driving away again, but was pulled from the vehicle by officers and arrested.

McArthur, from Fenby Avenue, in Darlington, pleaded guilty and was today jailed at Teesside Crown Court for a total of 20 months for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and three counts of assaulting a police officer.

All three officers suffered minor leg injuries during the incident.
A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: “Police officers work to serve and protect the people within their communities – acts of violence towards them are as unacceptable as they are to members of the public and can never be justified.

“However, all too often our officers are subject to assaults in the line of duty, for simply doing their job and it will not be tolerated.
“We take assaults against police officers very seriously and will take action against those who abuse and attack the very people who are there to keep them safe.”