Clacton: Drunk Ambulance Car Thief Jailed
A drunk who stole an ambulance response car in Clacton to get home after a New Year's Eve party has been jailed for nine months.
Daniel Glover, 26, from Mile End, east London, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, driving without insurance and obstructing a police officer, when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Glover claimed he did not realise it was an ambulance vehicle when he took it - despite it being marked up and having blue lights on top.
He was only stopped when police deployed a stinger device to puncture the tyres and he then threatened to break an officer's nose.
Jailing him, Judge Anthony Goldstaub said: "You stole this vehicle on a night of the year when the need for it to preserve life and help the ill and injured was at its greatest."
Prosecutor Michael Fraser told the court that a police officer on patrol spotted the vehicle pulling on to the A12 at the Witham turning heading towards London.
A message had been sent out alerting officers after the Honda Accord was reported stolen.
He said: "He drove at speeds of up to 120mph and consistently over 100mph.
"At intervals the blue lights were flashing and he straddled the lanes in a careless manner."
Glover was found to be twice the legal drink-drive limit. He has also been disqualified from driving for 18 months.