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Driver jailed for killing PCSO Holly Burke during 105mph chase after taking cocaine

Police Community Support Officer Holly Burke, 28, died in the crash. Photo: PA

A dangerous driver has been jailed for nine years for killing a Police Community Support Officer during a 105mph chase after smoking cocaine.

Darren Ogom led officers on a 14-minute pursuit – driving through three red lights, on the wrong side of the road and hitting the central reservation on January 22.

Police deployed a stinger device to try to stop him but Ogom continued and collided with PCSO Holly Burke's vehicle at the Hagley Road junction in Bearwood, West Midlands.

The 28-year-old, who was off-duty at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ogom, of Longdales Road in Kings Norton, admitted smoking crack cocaine less than two hours earlier, and was beckoned to pull over by officers at around 11.25pm after they became suspicious.

He was not insured to drive the car – his partner’s Renault Megane Scenic – and only had a provisional licence.

The 42-year-old was clocked at speeds of 90mph in a 50mph zone and 70mph in a 30mph area.

Ms Burke was off duty at the time. Credit: PA

The pursuit was abandoned at 11.40pm but a police dog unit spotted the car travelling towards Hagley Road, before it crashed into the driver’s side of Ms Burke’s Ford Fiesta.

Ogom was taken to hospital after being found slumped across the passenger seat and after treatment he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving a motor vehicle without insurance or a licence.

He admitted all charges and was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, as well as being banned from driving for 16 years, West Midlands Police said.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC described Ogom as a dangerous offender who posed a serious risk to the public.

Nicola Heath from the CPS said: "This is a shocking case where the offender failed to stop for 15 minutes and continued to drive dangerously by putting road users at risk.

"The offender also admitted to having smoked crack cocaine earlier in the evening which increased the seriousness of the offence. In addition to this, CCTV footage of the incident was also presented by the CPS to reflect the seriousness and assist the court in considering a higher sentence.

"As a result, the offender will now face the consequences of his actions. My sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim."