Man jailed for burglary and driving stolen car recklessly in Leicester

A man has been jailed for stealing a vehicle and then driving it dangerously through the streets of Leicester.

Matthew Brightwell pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, including dangerous driving, and was given a sentence of two years and eight months at Leicester Crown Court.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of December 16, last year, following a burglary at an address in Cranesbill Road.

32-year-old Brightwell had stolen a set of car keys from the property and driven off in a white Range Rover. He was pursued by police and subsequently arrested.

Earlier on, two men were seen acting suspiciously outside the address before leaving in their own vehicle. They returned to the address a couple of times, and a number of men were seen getting in and out of the car.

The Range Rover was then taken from the property, after a window and alarm had been smashed at the address.

As police responded to the burglary call, they came across the suspected stolen car which led to a pursuit.

The stolen Range Rover was driven in a dangerous manner through the New Parks and Braunstone area of Leicester, hitting a van, driving through red lights and junctions at speed on icy roads.

The defendant then stopped, leaving the car at Braunstone Park and running off. He who was the only person in the car and detained by a police officer nearby at Cort Crescent.

DC Stephen Douglas, investigating officer, said: “After stealing the car, Brightwell drove the vehicle erratically and at speed through parts of Leicester putting himself and others in an extremely dangerous situation.”

“It was thanks to the quick response of police officers which lead to him being detained and arrested.”