Thieves jailed over Essex police pursuit car crash

  • 6 August 2012
  • From the section Essex
Tyrell O'Donnell and Jason Young
Image caption Tyrell O'Donnell and Jason Young caused a four-car crash and then fled the scene

Two car thieves who caused a four-car crash in Essex while trying to evade police have been jailed.

Tyrell O'Donnell, 20, and Jason Young, 21, were being pursued by police when they crashed in Danbury in April.

A woman was seriously injured and two officers were hurt. The men, both of no fixed address, admitted aggravated vehicle taking at an earlier hearing.

O'Donnell was given an 18-month prison sentence and Young a 16-month term at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday.

Both were banned from driving for five years.

'Reckless behaviour'

Speaking after the case, police said the men had stolen the Fiat Stilo estate from Suffolk and were being pursued by police at about 06:40 BST.

O'Donnell lost control and crashed into an on-coming Toyota Aygo on the A414.

The Toyota then crashed into the police car and a VW Beetle, the driver of which was unhurt.

The Toyota driver, Jackie Stretton, 25, of Maldon, suffered "life-changing injuries", police said.

Both men fled the scene. O'Donnell was arrested later that day, but Young went on the run for several days before he was apprehended.

Det Sgt Dave Jones said: "Tyrell O'Donnell and Jason Young had no regard for anyone or anything when they stole the car.

"They set off a chain of events, which ended up with a serious crash on the A414 at Danbury that altered the course of Jackie Stretton's life.

"Innocent members of the public became victims as a result of O'Donnell and Young's reckless behaviour and we are pleased that they have been brought to justice.

"No sentence can ever compensate for the pain and suffering caused to Jackie and her family as they work through her lengthy rehabilitation."

The two police officers recovered at home after receiving hospital treatment.

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