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Police slam car into suspect’s vehicle to end dangerous chase in dramatic clip

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This is the dramatic moment police officers slam their car into a suspect's vehicle as a "controlled stop" and bring the pursuit to an end.

Connor Harrison, of Canterbury, has been jailed for three years following a series of offences in September, for which included assaults against two women and a child.

Bodycam video shows the police rushing to the A229 Thanet Way in Kent to assist their colleague in pursuit of Harrison in a vehicle.

The 24-year-old is suddenly seen pulling out into the middle of the road in an attempt to make a U-turn to evade the pursuing police.

While Harrison is reversing the car, rather than slowing down or trying to avoid Harrison's car, the police instead slams into the side of it, executing a controlled stop.

The officers get out of the car, and the damage to both vehicles is shown before Harrison is removed from the vehicle and arrested on the road.

Kent Police said that the chase came after Harrison has stood outside the property where one of the two women was staying, calling her repeatedly on his phone.

He then used concrete blocks to damage her car and a window of her home, which shattered over a child who was inside at the time, police said.

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Harrison then reportedly threw stones at a second woman who tried to intervene in the situation, before he left the scene and was pursued by the police.

Kent Police said in a statement: "Due to the dangerous nature of his driving, which included travelling on two deflating tyres after officers deployed a stinger, and the need to protect the public, tactical contact was used by specially trained officers to bring his car to a controlled stop."

Detective Inspector Andy Bidmead said: "Connor Harrison is a violent bully. He thought he could intimidate women and cause damage to other people’s belongings, without any repercussions.

"He showed absolutely no respect to the law or other road users when he drove dangerously to evade arrest.

"It is not acceptable for anyone to be on the receiving end of this type of abuse and our officers will support any victims who find themselves facing a similar situation."

Harrison admitted dangerous driving, harassment, four counts of assault – including one against an emergency services worker – two counts of criminal damage and driving while disqualified.

He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday, December 9.

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