jailed after ramming police with stolen car in Highbridge
driver from the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, who stole
a van and used it to ram a police patrol vehicle in Highbridge
has this week been jailed.
Barry Veysey, 53, was already banned from driving when he took
a Citroen van which was spotted by number plate recognition cameras
He brought Highbridge town centre to a standstill back in May
- as pictured here and first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here
- when several police cars blocked him from leaving in Market
rammed a police car after reversing at high speed onto the roundabout
to try and avoid another patrol car which was blocking his progress.
Veysey, of Kingsway, Mark, was this week found guilty in his
absence at Taunton Crown Court of dangerous driving, aggravated
vehicle taking, and driving while disqualified.
He was jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for two years
by Judge Erik Salomonsen after he refused to leave his cell to
attend Exeter Crown Court.
The jury at the original trial in Taunton heard the white Citroen
van was stolen from a farmer near Bridgwater in April and had
been identified by a vehicle number recognition device in Highbridge
several days later.
Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police said afterwards: "This
conviction was a direct result of a number plate recognition hit
on a camera which was being monitored by the police and Sedgemoor
District Council. This was an excellent example of co-operation
between the police and their partner agencies which resulted in
a repeat offender being given a custodial sentence. It reinforces
the message that crime doesn't pay."