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Man jailed after damaging five cars during police chase on M11 in Chigwell

Four police cars and one belonging to a member of the public were damaged (credit: Metropolitan Police) 

A disqualified driver who damaged a number of police vehicles while trying to escape capture on the M11 in Chigwell has been jailed. 

Shuahan Uddin, 27, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a license or insurance and damaging police vehicles at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 17 April.

He was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and banned from driving for four years and 11 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 3 July.

The court heard how officers spotted Uddin driving a Mercedes A class on the East India Dock Road at around 9.45 on Wednesday, 15 April. 

The car was flagged up as being linked to an individual known for gang activity and officers signaled for Uddin to stop. 

He refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. 

Footage shows police chasing and eventually stopping the vehicle (credit: Metropolitan Police)

Police made a number of attempts at tactical contact to bring the Mercedes to a halt but Uddin repeatedly rammed past police vehicles.

After 20 minutes eventually stopped the car after they boxed it in against the central reservation of the M11 between junctions four and six.

Uddin continued to evade arrest and was tasered before finally being detained. 

Emergency services were spotted on the scene (credit: Highways England)

Four police vehicles were damaged during the incident as well as a car belonging to a member of the public. One officer also received minor injuries.  

“Uddin was intent on evading arrest at all costs and showed a complete disregard for the safety of police officers and other road users,” said Police Constable Josh Haase. 

“The considerable damage caused to the police vehicles means several police cars are off the road for a considerable time whilst they are repaired.

“This was a sustained period of dangerous driving that was extremely fortunate not to cause a serious injury so it is right that Uddin will now spend a period of time in jail.”

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