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Pictured: The smashed up police car wrecked by dangerous motorist who sped AT cop; Ian Barton tried to escape by accelerating towards officer when he went to his Widnes home to arrest him.

Byline: Luke Traynor

This is the damage wreaked by a dangerous driver who deliberately sped directly TOWARDS a police officer in a desperate bid to escape justice.

Desperate Ian Barton was determined to make a break for freedom when a cop arrived inhis cul-de-sacto finally arrest him for another crazy bout of driving ten months ago.

Earlier this week, the 27-year-old was locked upfor 22 months for daring to drive straight at the constable, who bravely protected himself by smashing his truncheon against the crook's windowscreen.

Now, the ECHO can reveal photographs of Barton's damaged Vauxhall Vectra, and also pictures of the police officer's smashed up patrol car.

The criminal attempted to escape from theWidnesstreet by driving his car into the officer's police car and then reversing at speed into parked cars.

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Fearing for his safety, the officer struck the windscreen on the driver's side with his police baton, causing cracks which would have obstructed Barton's view.

Barton, on bail at the time, then mounted a pavement, knocked over some street furniture, hit a fence post and a residential gate and drove into the police car again, this time in reverse.

He then drove forward at the officer, forcing him to jump out of the way.

As the officer pressed his police panic alarm, he witnessed Barton collide with other parked cars before he attempted to flee on foot.

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The officer caught up with Barton a short distance away on Montgomery Road, where he was arrested and found to be in the possession of cannabis.

Police had come to arrest Barton for another awful piece of driving when he dashed through red lights at speed and crossed into a lane containing oncoming trafficnear to Whiston Hospital on December 27.

As the area was heavily populated, Cheshire Police officers took the decision that it was too dangerous to continue pursuing the vehicle.

Approximately an hour later, Barton was arrested at his home on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Barton was subsequently charged with the offence and released on bail.

But he failed to turn up at Liverpool Crown Court on October 23 in answer to the charge, meaning he was at large and wanted by police.

Barton's actions caused extensive damage to the police car.

They also left four parked cars with significant damage.

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The Halton man pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving in relation to the incidents in Whiston and Widnes.

He also admitted a charge of common assault in relation to driving a car at a police officer, as well as a charge of being caught in possession of cannabis.

Following his sentencing atLiverpool Crown Court, which saw Barton banned from driving for four years and 46 weeks.

Afterwards, Detective Constable Vicki Abraham said: "I welcome the sentence that has been handed to Barton and I hope that it acts as a warning for other potential offenders.

"Barton put the lives of innocent motorists at risk by driving at speed through red lights and into oncoming traffic in Whiston.

"And while on bail for his dangerous driving he put a police officer at risk of serious harm by driving his car at him as he attempted to evade arrest.

"Thankfully the officer was able to jump out of the way of Barton's car and arrest him, but not before he had driven back and forth in an erratic manner numerous times and caused substantial damage to the officer's vehicle and four parked cars.

"Through his dangerous and reckless actions Barton showed no regard for anyone else's safety or property and he is now facing the consequences of his actions in the form of a fully justified custodial sentence."

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Credit: CHESHIRE POLICE

Ian Barton's damaged Vauxhall Vectra and the police car smashed up after his dangerous driving

Credit: CHESHIRE POLICE

Ian Barton's damaged Vauxhall Vectra and the police car smashed up after his dangerous driving

Credit: CHESHIRE POLICE

Ian Barton, jailed for dangerous driving and driving at a police officer
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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2018
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