Joy rider ran over by lorry he nicked
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.