Prisoner commits three crimes on day release

April 20, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A prisoner let out of jail to go shopping burgled a house, stole a car, got drunk and rammed a police car.

Daniel Lenton, 23, was given temporary leave from Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire but went on a week-long crime spree instead.

After he failed to return to the prison at 6pm on April 2 he got drunk, broke into a house, stole a car and injured a police officer by ramming his vehicle.

Lenton was jailed for four years in 2009 for affray, possessing an offensive weapon and drugs offences.

He was finally caught on April 9 – one week after his escape – after traffic cops caught him drink-driving on the M6 near his former home in Coventry.

Lenton admitted burglary, aggravated vehicle-taking and driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was jailed for a further 34 months and banned from driving for four years.

The court heard Lenton was given a temporary licence from prison to go shopping between 8am and 6pm on April 2.

When he failed to return to prison police forces were alerted that a prisoner was on the run.

On April 5 Lenton travelled 70 miles to Coventry where he broke into a house and stole the keys to a £14,000 Honda Civic.

On the following Saturday he was pulled over by cops on the M6.

But when an officer tried to take the keys out of the ignition Lenton stamped on the accelerator and rammed into a police car.

John Bristow, prosecuting, told the court: ”Daniel Lenton was allowed out of prison at 8am on a temporary licence and was due back at 6pm.

”On April 5 he had been seen at an address earlier in the day and went back later.

”He later burgled the house and stole the keys to a Honda civic.

”On April 9 the defendant was stopped on the M6 near Coventry.

”As officers approached the car, the engine revved, the car lurched forward and rammed a police car.

”It reversed back three to four feet. PC Davis was trying to pull the keys out.

”PC Baxter got inside the car and tried to retrain him.

”PC Davis had reddening of his left arm and pins and needles in his left hand.”

Officers arrested Lenton and when he was breathalysed he was found to have 88 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – two-and-a-half times the legal limit which is 35mcg.

Mr Bristow told the court: ”The defendant said he drove to Lincolnshire to see his son.

”He said he was driving back to prison when he was stopped by police and said he had drunk alcohol because he couldn’t have a drink in prison.”


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