A man who drove a 32-tonne tipper truck the wrong way down a dual carriageway has been jailed
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 video captured from police helicopters showed Patrick Denman, 36, driving the wrong way along a dual-carriageway, going through a red light and ending up stuck on a grassed area close to his ex-wife’s home in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Judge Amanda Rippon, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, found that the driver was heading towards his ex’s home in an attempt to intimidate her.
Judge Rippon 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, of North Seaton Road, Ashington, previously admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving dangerously, as well as driving without insurance.
The driver denied he intended to drive to his ex-partner’s home, saying he was trying to escape.