At Basildon Crown Court on Friday, Noel Casey, prosecuting, said: “There was a degree of struggle from all three people in the car to resist the officers.
“The defendant, who was driving, refused to let go of the wheel or open the windows despite the officers’ instructions.
“During this time, the two other people made good their escape from the police.
“He was revving the engine and the officers feared he may drive off even if they managed to get in.
“He then stalled the Focus causing it to collide with the police vehicle.”
Leeks was handcuffed by the officers, one of whom suffered minor injuries when trying to break the windows of the car. Inside the Focus, a baseball bat, angle grinders, flares and other tools were found and seized.
The other two people remain at large.Bang to rights! But.... wait.
Mitigating, Craig Harris told Judge Samantha Leigh that Leeks is the sole carer for his 15-year-old daughter and had made the attempt to steal the tools because “he was desperate” for money to help care for her.*bangs head on table*
Judge Leigh chose to defer Leeks’ sentencing until January 31 to prove to her he could continue being a responsible parent.What do you mean, 'continue', you senile old bat! He hasn't even begun to be a responsible parent!
Judge Leigh ordered Leeks to pay £500 to the two officers, who she also praised for putting their safety at risk to stop him.
He had his sentence deferred for six months after admitting theft and handling stolen goods in Basildon.How do you think he's going to make that money?