Burglar sentenced to almost three years in prison

Issued on 19/3/18 at 4:34 p.m.

A burglar who stole a vehicle before driving it dangerously through the streets of Leicester been sentenced to two years and eight months.

Matthew Brightwell, of no fixed address, has admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, which includes dangerous driving, at a hearing at Leicester Crown Court on 15 March.

The 32-year-old was arrested after he was pursued by police when he stole a car from a property in Cranesbill Road, Leicester. Officers were called to the address just after 4am on 16 December last year, following a report of burglary.

Two men were seen acting suspiciously outside the address before leaving in their own vehicle. They returned to the address a couple of times, and a number of men were seen getting in and out of the car.

The vehicle then left the property, where a window and an alarm had been smashed, and a white Range Rover had been taken.

As officers were attending the scene of the burglary, they came across the suspected stolen car, leading to a pursuit taking place.

The stolen vehicle was driven in a dangerous manner through the New Parks and Braunstone area hitting a van, driving through red lights and junctions at speed on icy roads.

Brightwell then stopped, leaving the car at Braunstone Park and running off. Brightwell, who was the only person in the car, was detained by a police officer nearby at Cort Crescent and was arrested.

DC Stephen Douglas, investigating officer, said: “After stealing the car, Brightwell drove the vehicle erratically and at speed through parts of Leicester putting himself and others in an extremely dangerous situation. It was thanks to the quick response of police officers which lead to him being detained and arrested.”

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