Joy rider ran over by lorry he nicked

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A JOYRIDER who led po­lice on a 70 mile chase tried to run away from the lorry he’d taken – but was mowed down be­cause he left the hand­brake off.

A court heard Lee Hog­ben suf­fered a bro­ken leg as the 26-tonne skip lorry rolled for­ward, wedg­ing him against a parked car.

Po­lice ar­rested him be­fore he was taken off to hospi­tal.

Days be­fore the in­ci­dent, the 28-year-old had told of­fi­cers that next time he saw a po­lice car he would ram it.

He went on to steal the lorry and dur­ing the pur­suit across ru­ral Dorset he smashed into cop cars.

The court heard Hog­ben, who has a string of driv­ing con­vic­tions, had been ques­tioned by of­fi­cers about an­other mat­ter be­fore he stole the skip and re­cy­cling ve­hi­cle from a de­pot in Dorch­ester, Dorset.

He was re­ported and po­lice be­gan the hour-long chase that went through Sher­borne and Bland­ford be­fore stop­ping near Poole.

Jen­nie Rick­man, prose­cut­ing, said the lorry rammed sev­eral po­lice cars, at­tempted to ram them and went the wrong way around round­abouts.

PC Stephen New­ton, had to re­verse to get away. “I saw the lorry driv­ing straight at us. I leaned to the left, think­ing we were go­ing to be se­ri­ously in­jured or killed.

“At the very last sec­ond it swerved and didn’t hit us.”

Hog­ben even­tu­ally jumped from the cab and ran to the front of the lorry.

Judge Roger Jarvis sen­tenced Hog­ben, from Poole, Dorset, to 12 months in jail for ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing, 21 months for dan­ger­ous driv­ing and three months for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

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