A man who attacked police after leading them on a high-speed car chase when he stole a Buddha statue from a shop has been jailed.
Callum Gordon, 30, grabbed the £225 garden ornament from The Range, in Northampton, before fleeing in a flat-bed tipper truck on May 1.
A court heard he drove the wrong way down an A-road into oncoming traffic and sparked a major helicopter and dog search.
Gordon was first spotted on CCTV with two other accomplices breaking into the homeware store at 3.45am.
Police were called out and when they caught up with the thieves the truck sped through residential streets at up to 50mph.
The getaway vehicle was then spotted driving the wrong way on the A43 towards an articulated lorry.
Gordon left the dual carriageway and officers pursued him through villages as he raced straight through crossroads.
Prosecuting, Ben Gow, said: ‘It was spotted driving in the wrong carriageway in the direction of two oncoming vehicles, one of them an articulated lorry.
‘It was cutting corners on back roads. It was immediately apparent to the police drivers that his driving was dangerous.’
Career criminal Gordon then turned along a farm track and deliberately crashed through a wooden fence before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.
He was caught an hour later, despite kicking a police officer in the chest, with the help of a team of dog trackers and the police helicopter.
Gordon, of Northampton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, criminal damage, theft and driving without insurance.
He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years and seven months at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.
Sentencing, Recorder William Davis told Gordon his driving was ‘extremely dangerous’ and could have resulted in a ‘major accident and the loss of life.’
The court was told Gordon had 87 previous convictions for 36 offences including robbery, burglary, theft, breaching court orders, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.
Co-defendants Kimberley Hutchings, 26, and Kalon Farmer, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of theft last month and will be sentenced for their part in the robbery in July.
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