A teenager who penned rap lyrics about ‘running down the police’ after driving his car towards officers who had asked him to stop has been jailed.
Tre Freeman, 19, was parked up near a cemetery in Warrington when he was approached by two officers in a police van in October 2020.
When one of the officers go out of the van to talk to Freeman, he kept edging forward.
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The officer repeatedly shouted stop yet Freeman continued to ‘jolt’ forward, leaving the officer no choice but to jump out of the way.
The Astra then accelerated forward, striking vehicles in its path before turning around, revving the engine and attempted to drive at the officer once again.
The car then struck the police vehicle and a wall at the cemetery before driving at the officer once more.
Freeman sped off dangerous manner, driving the wrong way down a one-way system in Latchford Village.
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His vehicle was later found abandoned on Dig Lane and a forensic examination took place.
The DNA matching that of Freeman was found on the driver’s side of the vehicle along with a facemask which had been left inside.
He was arrested at his home address in St Helens in January and a number of items were seized including handwritten notes.
The notes were lyrics to a rap song he had written, detailing how he had attempted to ‘run down’ the officer during the incident.
Detective Sergeant Darren Reid said: “Freeman’s careless actions could have had devastating consequences which do not bare thinking about.
“Thanks to the diligent investigation carried out by my team of officers, they were able to track down Freeman and identify him as the driver of the vehicle, bringing him before the courts to face justice for the crimes he has committed.”
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without a license and insurance along with failing to stop after an accident.
Freeman, of Green Leach Court, St Helens, was sentenced to 40 months at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday (August 6).
Chief Inspector Neil Drum, of Warrington Local Policing Unit (LPU) added: “Freeman had no regard for the life of the officer who was driven at several times during the terrifying ordeal or members of the public who were going about their business on what would have been a busy, albeit different, Halloween night.
“I welcome the sentence handed down by the courts which should act as a deterrent to those who think they can get away with this abhorrent behaviour.
“I would like to commend the actions of the officer and her colleague who tried everything in their power to detain the driver during the incident and to also thank all who were involved in the subsequent investigation which has taken a dangerous individual off our streets.”