Tipper truck driver who stole his 32-ton wagon and told his boss ‘Get out of the f***ing way, I’m going!’ before nearly running him over is jailed for six months

  • Driver went on rampage after quitting job over time sheet row with boss
  • He then drove at his boss before pulling U-turn on a dual carriageway
  • Driver was stopped by police after apparently heading to his ex-wife’s home
  • He claimed he was suffering a nervous breakdown but was jailed for six months

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Patrick Denman has been jailed for going on a rampage in his tipper truck after a row with his boss over time sheets

Patrick Denman has been jailed for going on a rampage in his tipper truck after a row with his boss over time sheets

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 driving the wrong way along a dual-carriageway, going through a red light and ending up stuck on a grassy area close to his ex-wife’s home in Cramlington, Northumberland.

He was pinned on the floor by the officer who arrested him after the rampage in March this year.

Judge Amanda Rippon found he was heading towards his ex’s home in the grip of a nervous breakdown in an attempt to intimidate her.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said Denman started work as normal at 7am on March 16 but was called back to the Owen Pugh depot in Dudley, North Tyneside an hour later.

There was a row with his boss Dennis Derrick over his time sheets and Denman, who had missed out on two promotions, quit his job and headed straight to his vehicle.

Colleagues thought he was grabbing his personal possessions but he started the truck and revved the engine.

CCTV from a camera in the truck showed Mr Dennis standing in front of the tipper truck with his hands up, urging Denman to stop, but the driver continued to rev the engine and move forward slowly.

Dramatic helicopter footage shows the moment he was finally stopped by police in March

Dramatic helicopter footage shows the moment he was finally stopped by police in March

He was pinned to the ground and later claimed he was in the grip of a nervous breakdown

He was pinned to the ground and later claimed he was in the grip of a nervous breakdown

Mr Derrick was directly in front of the Mercedes but was forced out of the way.

He shouted: ‘Stop! You’re not getting out.’

Denman replied: ‘Get out of the f***ing way, I’m going.’

Two colleagues tried to jump into the cab to force him to stop and they either fell or jumped as it continued through the depot gates, the court heard. No-one was injured.

The court heard he drove for around 12 miles without incident until he was on the A1172, where he was spotted by officers in patrol cars and the force helicopter.

Denman crossed the central reservation, performed a U-turn then headed back on the wrong side of the dual-carriageway towards two stationary patrol cars that had been sent to the incident.

He swerved towards one of them, went left through a red light into a housing estate in Langdale Drive, then immediately on to a grassed area where his truck got stuck.

Dashcam footage shows Mr Derrick standing in front of the truck imploring Denman to stop

Dashcam footage shows Mr Derrick standing in front of the truck imploring Denman to stop

Denman and a friend he had picked up on the way to give him support in his distressed state were grabbed by police.

Denman, of Ashington, has since admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving dangerously, as well as driving without insurance.

Judge Rippon, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, 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, 36, had denied he intended to drive to his ex-partner’s home, saying he was trying to escape.

A judge found the driver was his way to his ex-wife's house in the truck when he was stopped

A judge found the driver was his way to his ex-wife’s house in the truck when he was stopped

His intention was to drive over the grass, head up a lane, ‘decamp’ and get away on foot, he claimed.

Denman, who said he has been diagnosed with an anti-social personality disorder, said he was under extreme stress and was in a lot of physical pain and ‘in the middle of a nervous breakdown’.

He insisted he did not intent to hurt anyone.

He told the judge: ‘I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused and I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.’

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