Burglar caught on dash cam hitting police car on A55 at end of 90mph chase

A man who had taken cocaine led cops on a high-speed chase along the A55 – and was only brought to a halt when he was boxed in by police cars. Levi Davidson, 24, drove at speed with only three tyres after one was deflated by a police stinger device. When stopped after he hit a police car, it emerged that Davidson had been responsible for two earlier house burglaries in Rhyl[1] , where a device had been used to “pop” patio door locks before ignition keys were stolen and vehicles taken.

Both cars were “written off” by the damage caused to them, Mold[2] Crown Court heard. Davidson, of Barry Road North in Rhyl, was jailed for a total of three and a half years, and was banned from driving for 41 months and ordered to take an extended driving test. He admitted dangerous driving in the early hours of November 24, and to burgling two houses while families slept in their beds on November 8.

Levi Davidson

Davidson also admitted fraud after he used a bank card taken from one of the vehicles to make three purchases.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said he had gone prepared for the burglaries and had used some sort of narrow implement to disable or “pop” patio door locks. Police had seen him outside a Rhyl shop where he had used the card, but he reversed down the street and got away, abandoning the stolen car nearby. His DNA was found on a drinks can he had just purchased and, after his arrest, marigold gloves were recovered which linked him to the burglaries.

Prosecuting barrister Nicholas Williams said one of the burglary victims woke up at 7am and realised what was happening when he saw his car lights flashing outside. He ran out and was able to open the rear door and shout at the defendant in the driver’s seat.

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But Davidson drove off with the back door still open and the door was damaged as it hit a wall. Three weeks after the burglaries, the dangerous driving occurred when police[3] saw a pick-up truck drive without rear lights in the early hours near Conwy.

Mr Williams said the truck pulled into a works area near Penmaenmawr[4] but, as the police’s blue lights were illuminated, it accelerated away. It drove at speed through Dwygyfylchi[5] , cutting corners at 45mph in a 30mph area, went through a junction without stopping and rejoined the A55, where it reached speeds of 90 mph. At one stage, the police vehicle pulled alongside, but had to back off to prevent being rammed.

A stinger device was deployed at Old Colwyn, which deflated one tyre, but he continued to drive at 80mph in a 50mph area. Other police officers joined in at Llanddulas[6] where the truck was boxed in, but Davidson swerved from lane to lane in a bid to get past. “Eventually, he hit the rear of a police vehicle which caused him to come to a halt,” the prosecutor said.

The defendant tested negative for alcohol but positive for cocaine. Defending barrister Simon Killeen said his client was able to stay out of trouble and there were gaps in his offending.

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Davidson had a significant drugs problem at the time, which was behind his offending, he said. He had two children aged five and two and intended to use his time in custody to undertake courses to enable him to provide for his children in the future.

Mr Killeen said the death of the defendant’s father when he was young clearly had an impact on him.

“Both he and his brother are at HMP Berwyn at the moment,” he said.

References

  1. ^ Rhyl (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Mold (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ police (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Penmaenmawr (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  5. ^ Dwygyfylchi (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  6. ^ Llanddulas (www.dailypost.co.uk)

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