Driver who hit police car jailed
A DANGEROUS driver has been jailed after ramming a police car and mounting the pavement as he attempted to evade being arrested.
Armando Lattuca, of Stevens Walk, Bradley Stoke who was sentenced yesterday at Bristol Crown Court on his 47th birthday, admitted dangerous driving on March 29 last year.
Paul Ricketts, prosecuting, said Lattuca was driving his partner home in a Mini to St Paul's Road in Bedminster at around 9am but police were waiting for him in regards to a alleged common assault.
"The defendant's Mini drew up and officers activated their blue lights to indicate that they wanted him to stop," Mr Ricketts said.
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"But the Mini did not stop and went to the end of the road and turned around. Police then pursued the vehicle down St Paul's Road in the opposite direction.
"Other police cars positioned themselves in a way to try and cause the defendant to stop his vehicle.
"The defendant at this point drove straight towards the police car that had been following him colliding with the front near side of the vehicle, making no attempt to stop.
"Having hit it he then tried to squeeze unsuccessfully through the gap scraping parked vehicles.
"He then reversed and drove down St John's Road. At the junction with Coronation Road he went on the pavement hitting wheelie bins and narrowly missing the side of a house.
"It was also noted that there was a member of the public on the pavement. He subsequently stopped at a red light and police cars blocked him in and he was arrested."
Mr Ricketts said Lattuca hit the police car at around 20mph and that the incident lasted three minutes.
He said the defendant had no previous driving offences.
Derek Perry, defending, said his client was serving a three month sentence for the common assault referred to by Mr Ricketts and asked Judge Simon Darwall-Smith to keep a new term as short as possible. Lattuca was jailed for six months.