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Car thief jailed following pursuit across Birmingham

A Birmingham car thief has been jailed after speeding across Birmingham in an attempt to get away from officers and putting other drivers lives at risk.

Ryan Byrne, aged 30, stole a Ford Kuga on the 17 January from Gillot Road in Edgbaston.

Two days later, officers saw the stolen car being driven by Byrne in Winson Green but he failed to stop and continued to drive towards the city centre.

He was recorded doing speeds of up to 80mph through residential streets and busy roads putting other drivers at risk.

Eventually, the car came to a stop near to St Chads Queensway after officers had earlier deployed a stinger in an attempt to stop the car.

Byrne ran off but was found within minutes hiding in a nearby car-park.

On Monday (17 February) Byrne, of Denvill Crescent, Bordesley Green, pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will be required to undertake an advanced driving test before being allowed behind the wheel again.

PC Rob Lattimer, from the Force’s Traffic Unit, said: "Byrne completely disregarded the lives of other motorists and pedestrians by driving dangerously through residential roads and around the city centre.

“After his arrest, Byrne claimed he had just bought the car and even claimed he only ran off because he didn’t have a licence. Hopefully this acts as a deterrent to others that crimes like these will not be tolerated on our streets.

“The owner of the car thanked us on our Facebook page. We were happy to help and glad we could reunite her with her car."

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