Two Rugeley men who rammed a police car in an attempted getaway have been jailed at Stafford Crown Court today (Feb 1) for their part in selling cocaine on the streets of south Staffordshire.
Officers spotted Frankie Whitehead and Benjamin Bailey dealing drugs in Rugeley on 17 November 2017 and followed the suspects to the Co-op supermarket, in Red Brook Lane, Brereton.
In an attempt to escape the police who had blocked their vehicle in, Whitehead reversed at high speed ramming a marked police vehicle before speeding off again and crashing into a nearby car park wall.
His actions left two police officers injured and members of the public had to run for safety before the car came to a stop.
Both defendants ran off but were caught nearby by officers.
Drugs were recovered from the vehicle, at their home addresses and near to where they were detained.
Cocaine with a street value of approximately £2,500, more than £2,100 in cash and several phones were also recovered.
Whitehead, aged 25, of Newman Grove, Rugeley, was sentenced to 3 years 4 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
Whitehead, who had used his girlfriend’s car for dealing drugs, whilst also being disqualified from driving, received an additional 6 months for dangerous and disqualified driving.
Bailey, aged 28, of Yew Tree Road, Rugeley, was sentenced to 3 years for possession with intent to supply cocaine. He was given a further 4 months for committing this offence whilst already being on a suspended sentence for a conviction for possession with intent to supply cannabis on 25 May 2017.
Detective Inspector Lesley Fowler, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We’re pleased that these two men are now behind bars.
“Their drug dealing caused misery and their actions were reckless as they attempted to escape. It’s fortunate that no one was seriously injured by their actions.”
Both officers are now back at work on full duties, although one was hospitalised on the night.
Anybody who has information about drug dealing is urged to pass it to Staffordshire Police by calling 101 or anonymously to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.