Burnley man drove at police car in escape
7:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A 42-YEAR-OLD ‘scrapper’ drove straight at a marked police car as he tried to escape from fields in Simonstone after being blocked in by the owner.
Blackburn magistrates heard Craig Oldfield smashed through wire field boundaries before crashing through a rear garden fence and driving though a private property as he tried to escape.
A female police officer responding to directions from colleagues found herself head on in Furness Avenue with the 4 x 4 vehicle being driven by Oldfield. She was forced to take evasive action but his car still scraped down the side of her vehicle before speeding off.
Oldfield, of Como Avenue, Burnley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in Gooseleach Lane and Furness Avenue, £300 pounds worth of criminal damage to fencing belonging to Stuart Barnes, £150 worth of criminal damage to fencing belonging to Thomas Carter, £1,000 worth of criminal damage to a car belonging to Lancashire Constabulary, theft of scrap metal belonging to Fort Vale Engineering and going equipped for theft.
He also pleaded guilty to burglary at the Sita waste site, Whinney Hill, Accrington with intent to steal, and receiving a stolen mountain bike. He was committed in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced.
John Wood, prosecuting, said a RAV 4 vehicle was seen in a field in Simonstone at 3.15 pm on Friday and the three male occupants said they were looking for scrap metal. The owner of the land instructed an employee to block the exit and the vehicle was reversed back down a track and into the field. It then crashed through a farmer’s fence before being driven through a rear garden fence.
“The car was deliberately at the police vehicle,” said Mr Woods. “He made no attempt to stop and collided with the side of her car before speeding off.”