Driver of stolen car crashed into shop in 100mph police chase through city – Birmingham Live
A man getting money out of a cash machine had a lucky escape when a stolen car involved in a 100 mph police chase crashed into a shop next to him in Birmingham.
The moment the Ford Fiesta missed the man by feet was graphically captured on CCTV footage.
Louis Moore, 21, of Kenshed Avenue, Northfield , who had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was jailed for two-and-a-half years and banned from the roads for four years and three months.
At 1.30am on January 4 2018 a police officer in an unmarked car had been travelling on the A435 Alcester Road towards Maypole when he saw Moore at the wheel of Ford Fiesta, which was on false number plates, coming in the opposite direction.
Rightly believing the Fiesta was stolen, the officer turned his car around and Moore accelerated away.
“He travelled at grossly excessive speeds of up to 100mph in a 30mph area,” said Alex Warren, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court .
He went on the wrong side of the road and also the wrong side of three keep left bollards before going into Pershore Road, Stirchley and was pulling away from the officer.
“The defendant lost control of the Fiesta and left the road at high speed. It narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian using a cash machine and crashed into Kwik Fit.”
Moore was found by police partially out of the car and when a sample of blood was taken from him he was found to be twice over the permitted cannabis level for drivers.
Mr Warren said he was a provisional licence holder and that he had suffered a serious head injury while two of his passengers were also seriously injured.
An 18 year old who had been in the rear of the vehicle was admitted to intensive care after suffering fractures to breast bone and ribs as well as a tear to his spleen and laceration to his liver.
While a 17 year old, sitting in the front passenger seat, required two operations for fractures to his thigh bone, ribs, arm and hand.
In passing sentence judge Murray Creed said “It is a testament to the way motor cars are built now that no one was killed.
This was deliberate driving to get away from a police officer at colossal speeds through a residential area.”
Caroline Harris, defending, said “We have seen the rather disturbing footage and the risks are obvious.”
She said Moore, who had a job valeting cars, had starting making something of himself.
However at the time he was spending his time with his friends smoking cannabis.
“It is a wonder that he walked from that he walked away from the car such was the force of the impact.”
She said he had suffered from post traumatic amnesia and did not want to drive a car again.