A driver who led police on a 30-minute chase through Fenland villages after being spotted by an off-duty officer has been jailed.
Freddie Shepherd, 43, of no fixed address, was seen by the officer in Elwyn Road, March, but fled at high speed when he was directed to pull over.
Instead he led them on a pursuit, speeding at 50mph in a 30mph village and forcing two vehicles off the road.
Shepherd came to a dead end but reversed at high speed, ramming a police dog unit vehicle which was carrying a 14-month old police dog.
The chase finished when Shepherd’s vehicle crashed into a telegraph pole in Eastwood End, Wimblington.
Shepherd was arrested and found to have two knuckle dusters and a small knife on him.
His passenger, a woman in her late 20s, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, and has since been released under investigation.
The pair were both taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to be treated for minor injuries, but later discharged.
Shepherd admitted dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court.
He has also been disqualified from driving for three years and seven months, must take an extended re-test and pay a £140 victim surcharge.