Car thief injured officers in crash with police car

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A PASSENGER in a car which crashed into a police patrol vehicle has been given a supervision order.

Two police officers suffered whiplash injury when their patrol car was hit by a stolen Audi A3, on the roundabout junction of the A690 and A1(M) at Carville, Durham City.

Durham Crown Court heard the Audi had been stolen in Newcastle earlier, and it sped off at more than 100mph when it was spotted by police at Rainton Gate in the early hours of March 17.

“It was going the wrong way around the Carrville roundabout when it collided with the police car,” said Liam O’Brien, prosecuting.

Liam Mattinson, 18, of Bertram Crescent, Benwell, Newcastle, admitted aggravated vehicle taking by allowing himself to be carried. He has previous convictions for motoring offences.

Lorraine Mustard, defending, said Mattinson’s rate of offending had slowed recently, and he hopes to put offending behind him by starting work for his grandfather as a plumber.

Sentencing Mattinson to a 12-month supervision order, Recorder Euan Duff told him: “There is some indication from the pre-sentence report you are trying to get your life on track.”

“Had you been the driver, this would have almost certainly been in prison.”

Mattinson was banned from driving for 12 months.