A dangerous driver who took a truck in Ashford and then drove it six junctions in the wrong direction of the M20 has been jailed for 22 months.
Kevin Andrews, 29, of Barnfield Park in New Ash Green took a Ford Transit Tipper Truck from outside a property in Paul Harman Close, Ashford just after midnight on the morning of Sunday 2 December 2018.
The owner of the vehicle reported it to Kent Police straight away and officers located Andrews driving the truck towards Maidstone on the A20 Maidstone Road just before 1am.
He was followed by police until he reached the roundabout at Junction 8 of the M20. At which point Andrews joined the motorway in the wrong direction and started travelling at speed towards London on the coastbound carriageway.
He refused to stop for officers, narrowly missing other cars as he dangerously drove for just over ten minutes into the path of oncoming traffic.
Officers worked together to manage traffic on the motorway by slowing down other unsuspecting cars during the pursuit in order to minimise the risk to the public, whilst Andrews was driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
Andrews travelled as far as Junction 2A of the M26 before he left the motorway, again driving on the wrong side of the road and still refusing to stop for police who remained in pursuit.
The journey finally ended in Vigo Road, Fairseat where Andrews stopped the truck and then reversed it into a parked police car. The collision caused significant damage to both vehicles and two officers suffered minor injuries.
Andrews was arrested and subsequently charged with failing to stop for police, driving without insurance, aggravated vehicle taking without consent and two counts of assault.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 22 months in prison at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 8 March 2019.
Investigating officer, PC Josh Cooper, said: ‘Andrews put himself and the lives of others in danger when he got behind the wheel of that truck. Thanks to the diligence of the officers pursuing him, there were no casualties and he was safely arrested.
‘His complete disregard for others was further highlighted when he rammed the police car after being forced to stop. Thankfully he will now serve time in prison where he can consider the consequences of his a