A dangerous driver who crashed into two teenage pedestrians and a taxi carrying a pregnant woman during a high-speed police chase across Bristol and the M32 has been jailed.
Macauley Tomlinson was handed a four year prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court today (Tuesday, May 31) after admitting two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The 26-year-old was given credit for an early guilty plea.
Tomlinson, of Midsomer Norton, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, May 1 after failing to stop for police responding to reports from members of the public that a woman had been pulled into a vehicle.
Officers had arrived at the scene in Hotwells Road at about 11.50pm on Saturday, April 30.
Tomlinson then drove off at speed through the city centre, colliding with two pedestrians after running a red light onto St Augustine’s Parade. One of them was carried on the bonnet of his silver Ford Kuga ‘for some distance’.
Despite this he carried on, joining the M32 where he crashed into a taxi and one of the police vehicles involved in the pursuit.
Tomlinson’s car was finally stopped on the Wellsway at Keynsham after a stinger device was deployed to puncture the tyres.
He tried to escape on foot but was being tracked by the National Police Air Service helicopter before being caught by officers on the ground.
Teenagers, taxi driver and pregnant woman among victims
The male passenger in the taxi suffered significant physical injuries.
It took two hours for the 34-year-old to be freed from the vehicle and he is still recovering from serious injuries to his pelvis, hip and wrist following two operations.
His pregnant partner, 36, was also trapped in the car. Police said they were relieved that she did not lose the pregnancy, although she continues to suffer from back pain.
The taxi driver, a 38-year-old man, has whiplash and ongoing back pain.
A 19-year-old woman was carried on the bonnet. She fractured her tibia and suffered grazing and bruising, exacerbating a pre-existing medical condition.
Her boyfriend, also 19, was thrown about one metre by the impact. He had cuts and bruises and has been left with a facial scar.
‘His actions changed everything for five innocent people’
Officer in the case PC Andy Smetham said: “Tomlinson was driving at speeds of up to 80mph in on city centre roads busy with pedestrians on a Saturday night. He reached 120mph on the M32.“
He failed to stop even after colliding with two pedestrians and carrying a young woman around 100m on his bonnet. In fact he swerved the car trying to dislodge her as she clung to the windscreen wiper.
“Tomlinson’s actions changed everything for five innocent people: a couple who should be preparing for the arrival of their first child, teenagers who should be pursuing their university studies and a man who has lost his livelihood.
“I hope this sentence will enable them to start rebuilding their lives.”
The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) due to ‘the police involvement’ prior to the collisions.
The IOPC found that there should be a local investigation, which is ongoing.