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Driver high on drugs who killed PCSO Holly Burke during police chase is jailed

  • An unlicensed driver has been jailed for killing an off-duty police officer in Birmingham.
  • 28-year-old Holly Burke died when her car was hit by Darren Ogom, whi led police on a 12 mile chase, reaching speeds of 100mph.
28-year-old PCSO Holly Burke Credit: West Midlands Police

An unlicensed driver who was high on cocaine during a high-speed police chase, has been jailed for killing an off-duty police officer in Birmingham.

28-year-old Holly Burke died when her car was hit on January 22nd, while Darren Ogom led police on a 12 mile chase, reaching speeds of 100mph.

42-year-old Ogom, from Kings Norton, sped through a red light at the junction of Bearwood Road and Hagley Road, hitting a Ford Fiesta driven by Holly Burke. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Our reporter Hannah Bechelet was in court today:

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Ogom admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance at Birmingham Crown Court today (Thursday 24 February).

He was jailed for nine years and banned from driving for 16 years.

The court heard he had a string of previous convictions, including smuggling cocaine in Panama and a robbery when he held a gun to a person's head.

Peter Grice, prosecuting, said an officer on patrol first saw Ogom speeding in a Renault Scenic on the 50mph-limit Aston Expressway at around 11.20pm on January 22.

He said Ogom drove towards Gravelly Hill at 60mph on a road with a 30mph limit and accelerated past another police car.

He continued at that speed while occupying the centre of the road, now being chased by two police cars.

Officers carried blue roses in remembrance of Holly Burke and to commemorate her time spent in the service Credit: BPM Media

Ogom doubled back on himself, heading back to the Aston Expressway, overtaking a bus without slowing and going through a red light and across a junction.

He also undertook other vehicle on his near side while travelling up to 105mph towards Dartmouth Circus and then Lancaster Circus.

Ogom almost collided with two cars when he went through another red light and then reached 70mph before going onto Hagley Road.

Mr Grice said police gave up the chase when Ogom drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway towards oncoming traffic.

But he was picked up again by another officer at the junction of Cape Hill and Windmill Lane.

A stinger was deployed to stop Ogom but he drove over it.

Mr Grice said Miss Burke had travelled along Hagley Road out-of-city and then stopped at the junction with Bearwood Road and Lordswood Road. He said: "The lights turned green in her favour and she moved forwards into the junction.

"At that stage the defendant contravened a red light, he drove from Bearwood Road at speed and collided with the driver's side of Miss Burke's car."

Mr Grice said Ogom had been doing at least 60mph just before the crash. Significant damage was caused to both vehicles and Miss Burke, who had suffered multiple traumatic injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Grice said Ogom was later tested for drugs and was found to be over the permitted level.

Ogom told police he was using his wife's car to collect a friend from hospital and panicked when he saw the police.

He was on licence and did not want to go back to jail.