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Jail for thief who drove car at cop and guard


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man who drove his car at a policeman and a security guard, and crashed into three


other vehicles after a bungled theft at B&Q near Bushey Arches, has been jailed. Dean Timberlake, of the Crescent, Abbots


Langley, drove a Ford Focus at security guard Phil Wisby, who was wearing a high visibility jacket, during the incident on Friday, April 15, this year. Mr Wisby had placed two traffic cones at the


car park exit to stop Timberlake, who was the getaway driver for a man who had stolen two power tools from the store. David Chrimes, prosecuting, told St Albans


Crown Court last month that Mr Wisby was propelled through the air after landing on the bonnet of the Ford, suffering injuries which meant he could not work for days. Timberlake had also reversed the car at PC


Daniel John, who had been in the store at the Arches Retail Park on the day and was trying to stop the thief. Timbe r l ake


then drove into a Honda Civic — totalling the car and injuring the driver — before heading out to Dalton Wa y , a n d ploughing into a BMW and a Citroen van. Th e v a n


Dean Timberlake who drove at B&Q security guard in Arches Retail Park.


driver suffered whiplash. The BMW was written off and the two people in the car suffered injuries. Timberlake, 33, was arrested at the scene


and pleaded guilty to theft, causing actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, failure to stop for police and three counts of criminal damage. Defence barrister Tony Stanford said


Timberlake had made full and frank admissions to the police. He offered apologies to those he caused distress and harm. He had been in the ―grip of a Class A drug


addiction‖, he said. Recorder Jonathan Goldberg QC said: ―It is good luck and not good management that you did not kill someone that day.‖ He was jailed for 33 months and banned from driving for four years.


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