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England: Man drives into police, terrorizes family as he ramps their car; arrested

In England, John Barnett, who is just 43 years, was facing detention orders, and he was punished for 20 months at Shrewsbury Crown Court over his actions on June 27 last year.

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In England, John Barnett, who is just 43 years, was facing detention orders, and he was punished for 20 months at Shrewsbury Crown Court over his actions on June 27 last year.

Barnett tackled on a rampage of “total madness” after an argument with his wife at her home in Upton Magna, a village near Shrewsbury, at around 1 am, the court heard.

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The prosecutor, Olivia Appleby, told the court that Barnett had taken his rage out on his partner’s neighbors, repeatedly driving into their cars with his own vehicle.

According to a court statement, they stated how he had “lined up” his vehicle to break into the car “shunting” it into the victims’ home in Upton Magna.

The people called the police; when the cops arrived, Barnett drove off across the lawn at high speed before returning to ‘goad’ officers and fleeing for the second time.

The court was told officers caught up with Barnett at Upton Magna, on Cycle Route 81, where they positioned the vehicle to stop him.

As an officer got out of the car to approach him, Barnett rammed the police car, which had already an officer inside, reversed into a wall, and drove away – officers were unable to follow due to the damage to the car.

The court heard that the rampage caused £56,000 in damage, including major structural damage to the home, which forced the occupants to stay in a hotel and then rent housing for more than five months.

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The entire front wall, inner wall, ceiling, front door, and window frames all suffered significant damage.

According to Ms Appleby, the family is in a fearful condition related to their safety because of this incident.

Mitigating. Robert Edwards said that the defendant could not explain why he had targeted the victim’s home.

He added, “Why did he decide to act out his anger on the complainant? Mr Barnett is not able to help with any of that.

“All he can say is that he was in such a state that he simply reacted.”

Mr Edwards stated Barnett also deserved credit for claiming guilty to the charges – two of criminal damage and one of dangerous driving – at the earliest opportunity.

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