A DRIVER is behind bars after he crashed Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon’s stolen BMW into a school bus carrying more than 30 children.
Steven Quinn, 32, was jailed for 25 months after the £40,000 BMW X6 crashed into the bus in Appleby, Cumbria, which it later emerged had been used as a roadblock by police to stop the car.
Quinn was driving at 40mph down a street crowded with people on the second day of the town’s annual horse fair, Carlisle Crown Court was told, and pedestrians had to jump out of the way.
A horse had to be put down after the BMW hit the cart it was pulling.
It later emerged that Cumbria Police had asked the bus driver to position his vehicle in the path of the BMW - which had been stolen during a raid on the Ponteland home of the Sunderland striker weeks before - to help them stop it.
Quinn, of Gretna Road, Carlisle, was arrested after he got the car wedged between a wall and the bus as he tried to avoid the roadblock.
He admitted dangerous driving, driving without a licence and with no insurance and handling the car knowing it had been stolen.
He was jailed for 25 months and banned from driving for two years.
The judge told him he was lucky not to have killed someone.