Jail for driver who jumped into back seat of car during police chase

A dangerous driver who jumped into the back seat of his car during a police chase, leaving it running out of control, has been jailed.

Olumuyiwa Rhoomes, 33, drove at high speed through Northfleet in Kent, clipping kerbs on his way towards the town centre, Kent Police said.

Shocking footage captures the police pursuit of his grey Hyundai Tucson and the eventual capture of Rhoomes at the scene.

During the chase, he was seen overtaking another car in the face of oncoming traffic and nearly colliding with members of the public.

The incident happened on October 10 2019.

Olumuyiwa Rhoomes
Olumuyiwa Rhoomes

Officers travelling directly behind Rhoomes witnessed him climb into the back seat, leaving the car out of control, while travelling at a speed of more than 40mph before his passenger jumped into the driving seat and pulled the car over.

Rhoomes, from Amelia Street in London, was arrested at the scene and charged with dangerous driving.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was jailed for 14 months at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.

Investigating officer Pc Tom Slocombe said: “Rhoomes put many lives at risk including his own when he drove at speed through residential streets in an attempt to avoid police.

“He showed a blatant disregard for other road users and it’s only luck that no-one was hurt.

“Thankfully he was arrested and put before the courts and will now spend time in prison for his actions.

“He has also been banned from driving for more than three years and will need to take an extended driving test before he’s allowed back behind the wheel.”