Phone thief jailed after riding wrong way down M11 in high-speed police chase

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A pair of thieves have been jailed after snatching phones from pedestrians before leading police on a motorway chase.

Zuriel Hutson and Sharuk Sheraji were riding a a stolen when they carried out a series of mobile phone thefts across London.

Zuriel Hutson Credit: Met Police

They took 18 phones during the spree on November 26, before police in unmarked cars spotted their visibly dangerous driving.

When they reached Tottenham, north London, Sheraji, 22, jumped off the moped and attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by the officers, found with the phones and arrested.

Hutson, 21, then attempted to escape on the moped, heading onto the motorway while followed by the police helicopter.

He rode at speeds of up to 90mph, weaving in and out of traffic along the M11, and often on the wrong side of the carriageway, against oncoming traffic.

Other motorists were forced to swerve out of his path to avoid head-on collisions, causing minor accidents.

Hutson tried to squeeze between two cars and crashed, knocking his shoes off as he rolled along the motorway, before he continued along the hard shoulder on the wrong side of the road - forcing police to close the road.

Police deployed a 'stinger' tyre deflation device ahead of Hutson, which safely slowed him down and eventually stopped him on the slip road of the M11 to the M25, where he attempted to flee.

He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, failing to stop, dangerous driving, attempting to drive away and no insurance.

Hutson, from Islington, has now been jailed for two and a half years' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, dangerous driving and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Sheraji, from Hoxton, has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.