A cocky drug dealer who tried to ram into several police officers told them they were âluckyâ he wasn't driving a Range Rover because would have âkilled themâ.
Zac Thomas was arrested alongside partner-in-crime Ryan Abraham earlier this year after a drugs bust.
But the pair tried to flee, which went horribly wrong in Swansea.
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Swansea Crown Court heard this week how undercover officers had seen a woman making a call while carrying a lot of cash in her hand, Wales Live reports.
She had arranged to meet the pair behind a block of shops known for drug dealing.
Having followed her there, police spotted a BMW arrive â which contained the two blokes.
Officers moved in and tried to grab the ignition keys of the car after the woman had handed the cash over, but the driver sped off, narrowly missing a pedestrian and a van as he pulled onto Sketty Park Drive and raced away on the wrong side of the road.
Police followed the pair after the woman admitted she was buying drugs from them.
A search for the BMW was carried out, and it was spotted nearby,
Shortly afterwards the pair emerged from the property and got into a second parked car, a Ford Focus.
As the Ford pulled off an unmarked police car drove towards it and, because of parked cars lining both sides of the street, there was no room for the cars to pass each other.
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The prosecutor said the driver of the Focus – Thomas – seemed unaware the car facing him contained plain clothes police officers as he "raised his hands as if in frustration that the car was in his way".
And that's when things took a very dark turn.
As officers attempted to arrest the men, Thomas reversed full speed into the police car behind before pulling forward and hitting the first police car and then reversing back again.
Eventually the window of the Focus was smashed with batons and Tasers were drawn, and Thomas was pulled from the vehicle and taken to the ground.
When 26-year-old Thomas was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs, he said: âYou are lucky I wasn't in a Range Rover of something like that, I would have killed the lot of you.".
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He had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, and being concerned in the supply of cocaine when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Abraham pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and to possession of cannabis when he appeared in the dock alongside his co-accused.
Thomas was sentenced to a total of four years in prison comprising three years and four months for the drugs matters and eight months for the driving matters to run consecutively, while Abraham was sentenced to three years and four months for the cocaine matter.
Thomas was also banned from driving for five years and must pass an extended test before he can drive again.
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