A drunken thug, who robbed and kidnapped a grandma in her new car before leading police on a 116mph chase, was caught on he M62 in Huddersfield.

Now robber Andrew Fenn has been jailed.

He had held a screwdriver to Caroline Nixon’s neck at a cash point in Stoke-on-Trent before bundling the terrified grandma into her new Vauxhall Zafira and driving off at up to 100mph.

Fenn was later spotted on the M62 in East Yorkshire and then led police on a 116mph chase over 50 miles before hitting a crash barrier, near Bradley Woods, Huddersfield.

 

The 26-year-old, from Hull, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court earlier this month after admitting aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, robbery, false imprisonment and driving while banned.

Fenn, who had drunk around seven pints of lager, a bottle of vodka and half a bottle of wine, was disqualified from driving for four years and will have to serve three-and-a-half years on licence after he is released from prison.

The court heard Mrs Nixon had been withdrawing £300 in the small hours of July 11 when Fenn put the screwdrive to her neck and demanded her cash and car keys. Fenn pushed the grandma, who walks with a stick, towards her car and threatened to kill her if she resisted.

The thug drove to his girlfriend’s flat and ordered Mrs Nixon to shout up to his girlfriend that the car was ‘legit’.

After his girlfriend got in the car, Fenn sped off towards the M1 at up to 100mph and ordered Mrs Nixon to open a can of beer for him.

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When Fenn stopped to refuel at a motorway service station, Mrs Nixon ran into a shop where she was spotted crying and ‘hyperventilating’.

Fenn was spotted on the M62 where he rammed a police car, hit a tanker and a lorry before smashing in the central reservation.

Witnesses said as many as seven or eight police cars hurtled down the westbound carriageway with the force helicopter directing from above.

Driver Shaun Peacock, who saw part of the chase, said: “It was like a scene from a movie. It was totally unreal. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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Sentencing Fenn, Judge Paul Glenn, said: “Mrs Nixon describes feeling terrified. She did co-operate with you because she was frightened of the consequences.

“What you did has had a traumatic effect on her.

“You embarked on a highly dangerous course of driving. It was a particularly bad example of a police chase.”