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Truck driver who stole 32-tonne vehicle and nearly ran over boss jailed

Patrick Denman sentenced to six months in jail after driving the wrong way along a dual-carriageway and going through a red light.

A tipper truck driver who stole his 32-tonne works wagon, almost ran over his boss at the depot and swerved towards a police car has been jailed for six months.

Dramatic police helicopter pictures showed Patrick Denman, 36, driving the wrong way along a dual-carriageway, going through a red light and ended up stuck on a grassed area close to his ex-wife’s home in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Like a scene from a TV show, he can be seen being pinned on the floor by the officer who arrested him.

Judge Amanda Rippon, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, found that the driver was heading towards his ex’s home in an attempt to intimidate her.

She accepted his personal expression of remorse said in court and heard he was undergoing a nervous breakdown.

She told him: “Mr Denman, there really is only one appropriate sentence for someone who takes an HGV vehicle and drives it on public roads in rush-hour traffic against the traffic towards oncoming vehicles in the way you did.”

She jailed him for six months, banned him from driving for 15 months and imposed a five-year restraining order keeping him away from his ex-wife.

Denman, of North Seaton Road, Ashington, previously admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving dangerously, as well as driving without insurance.

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