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Man sentenced to 12 and a half years following two police chases

David Afolabi has been jailed for 12 and a half years. Photo: Hampshire Police

An armed drug dealer, who attempted to ram into a police car to evade arrest, has been jailed for 12 and a half years.

Hampshire police said David Afolabi, 28, from London, thought he could flee from officers when they attempted to pull his BMW 1 series over in Basingstoke in September.

Knowing he was carrying a firearm with ammunition and a quantity of Class A and B, police said he failed to stop and was soon involved in a collision, which forced him to flee on foot.

Despite his attempts to escape by jumping over fences he was caught by officers and arrested.

Yesterday at Winchester Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to ten charges.

Five charges relate to the incident on September 3 2018:

  • Possession of a firearm
  • Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – Heroin
  • Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – Cocaine
  • Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis
  • Driving a motor vehicle dangerously

The court was told that a firearm was also recovered from the scene. Tests later confirmed that the firearm was viable and contained three rounds of ammunition.

Police dashcam footage of the pursuit in September

They also heard that he was also charged with five offences in relation to an incident in Worting Road, Basingstoke, on December 30 2017:

  • Driving a motor vehicle dangerously
  • Possession knife/sharp pointed article in a public place
  • Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – cocaine
  • Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A – heroin acquire/use/possess criminal property.

The court was told how police tried to stop a Vauxhall Insignia being driven by him but he failed to stop.

A short time later the car was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa causing Afolabi to flee on foot.

Officers chased him and he was arrested.

“I hope this sentencing reassures residents in Basingstoke that a dangerous driver and drug dealer has been taken off our streets.

“It is clear from what happened that Afolabi didn’t care whose lives he put at risk, he only cared about himself and would do whatever he could to escape justice.

“Thanks to the officers who spotted his car and persisted in capturing him, a live firearm is no longer within our community.

“As you can see from the footage Afolabi put the lives of many motorists and pedestrians at risk.

“The speed he travelled at around residential streets and the hospital estate was reckless and showed a total disregard for other members of the community. It is only sheer luck that nobody was seriously injured.”

– DC Drew Wright