A masked carjacker who dragged a heavily pregnant woman from her vehicle and led police on a high-speed chase the wrong way along a busy dual carriageway during a six-month crime spree has been jailed.
‘Walking crimewave’ Japheth Wellington stole the Audi S3 from the eight-months-pregnant victim in Walsall Wood on August 21 last year.
Police spotted the Audi on the M6, near Great Barr, five days later.
But Wellington, of no fixed address, escaped by driving the wrong way along a dual carriageway in Queslett Road after a high-speed police chase.
The vehicle was found dumped in a pub car park in Walsall Road, Perry Barr, and officers identified 28-year-old Wellington through CCTV and DNA from the car.
He was tracked down within 48 hours and was linked to a series of crimes across Birmingham.
He admitted a total of three burglaries, two thefts of motor vehicles, a robbery, dangerous driving, attempted theft and making off without payment from a petrol station.
He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Wellington was also part of a gang that stole a Seat Leon from outside a home in Bracken Croft, Chelmsley Wood, after threatening the owner with a broken bottle.
He also admitted taking £260 cash and a DVD player during a burglary at a flat in Overbury Road, Northfield, on June 25.
While inside the property he poured shampoo and conditioner over the victim’s pet dog.
His crime spree also included stealing an Audi A1 from Haslucks Croft, Shirley, and a £4,000 Yamaha R6 sports bike while taking it for a test-ride after meeting the owner at the Fort Retail Park.
Det Sgt Glenn Marriott, of West Midlands Police CID, said: