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Thamesmead drug dealer jailed after driving car at police officers in Chatham

PUBLISHED: 16:42 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 24 July 2017

Alex Ofori-Atta

Alex Ofori-Atta

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Alex Ofori-Atta was sentenced to more than three years in prison

A drug dealer from Thamesmead who drove his car at police officers in Chatham has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Alex Ofori-Atta was at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, which was seen by local patrols acting suspiciously in the town on March 8.

Officers approached the car as it was parked in Barnfield Road and instructed the 27-year-old to get out of the vehicle.

Ofori-Atta ignored the orders and reversed the car, striking one of the officers, before pulling away and fleeing the scene.

He only managed to drive a short distance though, before discovering the road had come to a dead end and was forced to abandon the vehicle.

Police found him nearby, hiding behind a parked van where he was arrested.

A search of the Fiesta revealed a ball of cling film concealed underneath the handbrake which contained nine wraps of crack cocaine and heroin. A further wrap of heroin was also found in the car.

In an investigation led by Kent Police’s Operation Jupiter team analysis of a mobile phone belonging to Ofori-Atta provided further evidence of his involvement in the supply of Class A drugs.

This included a substantial ‘tick list’ saved on the device.

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court Ofori-Atta, formerly of Miles Drive, Thamesmead, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and assault.

On July 19, he was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment.

Detective constable Mark Donovan said: “This case highlights the real dangers officers face in tackling violent criminals who target our communities; many who travel into Medway towns from other areas.

“Ofori-Atta reversed his vehicle with little thought about the potential damage and dangers his actions could cause.

“He collided with a police officer, who only through her quick reactions managed to avoid serious harm.

“Overall, this is another important success for our Operation Jupiter team, but I would also like to stress that it remains important that residents also continue to play their role in helping us keep communities safe, so please remember to always report any suspicious behaviour.”

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