Drug dealer jailed after M4 car chase

Drug dealer jailed after M4 car chase

A drug dealer who led police on a high speed pursuit before attempting to flee his vehicle has been jailed by Swindon Crown Court.

Dwayne Komakech, 25, of no fixed address, London, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession of criminal property, possession of a knife, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

He was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court to six years imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for five years and five months.

The court heard that on the evening of January 23 this year, officers became aware of a black BMW travelling on the M4 between junctions 18 and 17 eastbound – it was believed the vehicle had been involved in crime.

The vehicle was seen to reach speeds of up to 120mph and began undertaking other vehicles on the hard shoulder.

Officers activated their blue lights but the vehicle failed to stop and came off the M4 at junction 13 due to a road closure, went through four red lights narrowly missing oncoming vehicles, before turning down a dead end and hitting an iron gate.

The driver – Komakech – attempted to leave the vehicle and run but was quickly detained and arrested.

He was found in possession of four mobile phones, a lock knife and more than £2,500 cash. A large amount of class A drugs, estimated to be worth £6,000, as well as a kitchen knife and drugs paraphernalia were also located inside the vehicle, all of which are hallmarks of county line drug supply.

Officers found Komakech was a disqualified driver and had cannabis in his system.

Det Sgt Joe Shanklin, of the Wiltshire Police Dedicated Crime Team, said: “Throughout his time in custody, Komakech was extremely volatile, threatening violence towards staff and officers. I am therefore pleased that a custodial sentence has been given on this occasion – this behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated within our county.”

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