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Man who carried knuckle dusters in car jailed for police chase

PUBLISHED: 15:14 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 13 June 2018

Shepherd's car at the scene of the crash  Picture: Cambridgeshire police

Shepherd's car at the scene of the crash Picture: Cambridgeshire police

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A 43-year-old man who took police on a 30-minute pursuit and carried knuckle dusters in his car has been jailed.

Freddie Shepherd   Picture: Cambridgeshire police Freddie Shepherd Picture: Cambridgeshire police

Police wanted to speak to Freddie Shepherd, of no fixed address, in connection with unrelated offences when they spotted him in his silver Mitsubishi 4 x 4 on March 30.

The officer who saw him on Elwyn Road, March, began to follow him, activating his emergency lights and sirens.

But instead of pulling over as directed, Shepherd made off at high speed.

A pursuit commenced around the March area, at one point Shepherd was doing 50mph in a 30mph village, forcing two vehicles off the road.

Shepherd was arrested after colliding with a telegraph police  Picture: Cambridgeshire police Shepherd was arrested after colliding with a telegraph police Picture: Cambridgeshire police

During the chase Shepherd came to a dead end but reversed at high speed, ramming a police dog unit vehicle which was carrying 14-month old police dog Kevin. TNeither PD Kevin nor his handler were injured.

After about half-an-hour, the pursuit came to an end when Shepherd’s vehicle collided with a telegraph pole in Eastwood End, Wimblington.

Shepherd was arrested and was found to have two knuckle dusters and a small knife on him. His passenger, a woman in her late 20s, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, and has since been released under investigation.

The pair were both taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn to be treated for minor injuries, but were later discharged.

The following day Shepherd was charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

He admitted the charges against him and was sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court. He received 14 months for dangerous driving and one month for each of the offensive weapon charges, to run concurrently.

He was also banned from driving for three years and seven months, must take an extended re-test and pay a £140 victim surcharge.

Det Con Chris Smith said: “His manner of driving fell far below that of a competent driver and was on a number of occasions very dangerous, ramming a police car, travelling at high speed in a built up area, crossing gardens and failing to stop.”

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