A drug dealer, who flipped his car on the A12 as he tried to escape from police, has been jailed for seven years.
Nathan Judah, 30, was sentenced after he was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.
The court heard how Essex Police officers were patrolling on the North bound track of the A12 near to the Colchester junction at 5.30pm on Monday January 2 this year when they spotted Judah – who was wanted in connection with an offence in another county– driving a grey Audi.
Several police vehicles, with blue lights, boxed Judah in as they attempted to get him to pull over.
However Judah accelerated and tried to flee, but instead he clipped a police car, before his Audi flipped over, sliding for around 50 metres before coming to a stop.
As officers approached the vehicle they noticed Judah was fiddling with a black bag, which he tried to dispose of out of the passenger window.
The vehicle was searched and officers found 138 wraps containing nearly 10grammes of cocaine and a plastic bag containing 13.4grammes of uncut heroin.
Judah and his passenger, a 22-year-old woman, were unhurt.
Judah of Windsor Road, Ealing denied charges of driving dangerously and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
He was found guilty and jailed for a total of seven years.
Following the case investigating officer PC Esther Talbot of the North Operation Raptor team said: “Judah was wanted in connection with an offence in another county when he was spotted by our officers.
“But, knowing that he had a haul of Class A drugs, on board he was determined not to stop.
“Instead, without any regard for the safety of his passenger, other road users and our officers, Judah tried to flee, driving dangerously at speed.
“Fortunately, despite flipping his vehicle, no-one was seriously injured and we were able to arrest Judah and recover a significant amount of Class A drugs from his vehicle.
“The length of his sentence reflects the severity with which the police and courts view those involved in the supply of illegal drugs and I hope it serves as a warning to those involved in this type of crime that they can expect to end up behind bars for a very long time.”
The 22-year-old woman in the vehicle was arrested at the time but later released without charge.
Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to target those involved in drug dealing and gang-related crime.
If you have information about drug or gang-related crime in your community call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.