Brave female police officer chases down hooligans single-handed after they pelted her car with rocks

A lone policewoman bravely chased down a car full of thugs who hurled rocks at her patrol car’s windscreen and rammed into it at high speed. 

PC Emma Birrell had been tasked to follow a silver Audi believed to have been linked to a recent burglary in North Wales on Tuesday, April 2. 

But when she caught up with the vehicle two out of the four men leapt from their car and threw rocks at her windscreen. 

Shocking dash-cam footage from her patrol car shows the balaclava-clad men shatter her windscreen with the heavy rocks. 

Michael Doran, 26, of Broughton, North Wales, was jailed for 20 months

Michael Doran, 26, of Broughton, North Wales, was jailed for 20 months

Adam William Purcell, 30, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was jailed for 42 months

Adam William Purcell, 30, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was jailed for 42 months

Michael Doran, 26, (left) of Broughton, North Wales, was jailed for 20 months and Adam William Purcell, 30, (right) of Ellesmere Port, was jailed for 42 months 

Patrick Paul Doran, 33, of Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for three years

Patrick Paul Doran, 33, of Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for three years

Thomas Berry, 27, of Tanyfron, Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for 20 months

Thomas Berry, 27, of Tanyfron, Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for 20 months

Patrick Paul Doran, 33, (left) of Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for three years and Thomas Berry, 27, (right) of Tanyfron, Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for 20 months

Shocking dash-cam footage from PC Birrell's patrol car shows the balaclava-clad men shatter her windscreen with the heavy rocks

Shocking dash-cam footage from PC Birrell's patrol car shows the balaclava-clad men shatter her windscreen with the heavy rocks

Shocking dash-cam footage from PC Birrell’s patrol car shows the balaclava-clad men shatter her windscreen with the heavy rocks

PC Birrell notified the police control room and gave chase to the car, which careered through villages at speeds in excess of 80mph.   

The high speed chase ended when the bungling crooks clipped something, causing one of their wheels to fall off.

PC Birrell stopped behind them, but as she began to get out of her vehicle the Audi reversed at speed into her car. 

The Force said her injuries were not serious but the officer was taken to hospital, and later received a Superintendent’s Commendation for her bravery.

Temporary Chief Inspector Dave Cust, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Other officers, including the Roads Policing Unit and local policing colleagues were making their way towards the incident, and PC Birrell, despite not knowing the danger she faced, continued to pursue the car whilst single-crewed.

‘This was a frightening incident for her and she displayed courage, tenacity and commitment to duty in order to apprehend the males involved.

‘This was an appalling act of dangerous driving and it was only by good fortune no one was injured.’

PC Birrell notified the police control room and gave chase to the car, which careered through villages at speeds in excess of 80mph

PC Birrell notified the police control room and gave chase to the car, which careered through villages at speeds in excess of 80mph

PC Birrell notified the police control room and gave chase to the car, which careered through villages at speeds in excess of 80mph

The four male occupants of the Audi were arrested shortly afterwards, with a spokesman saying one of the arresting officers was also injured.

They were charged with various offences including burglary, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

The case was heard at Mold Crown Court on Friday and all four were locked up.

Adam William Purcell, 30, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was jailed for 42 months while Thomas Berry, 27, of Tanyfron, Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for 20 months.

Michael Doran, 26, of Broughton, North Wales, was jailed for 20 months and Patrick Paul Doran, 33, of Wrexham, North Wales was jailed for three years.

The high speed chase ended when the bungling crooks clipped something, causing one of their wheels to fall off. PC Birrell stopped behind them, but as she began to get out of her vehicle the Audi reversed at speed into her car

The high speed chase ended when the bungling crooks clipped something, causing one of their wheels to fall off. PC Birrell stopped behind them, but as she began to get out of her vehicle the Audi reversed at speed into her car

The high speed chase ended when the bungling crooks clipped something, causing one of their wheels to fall off. PC Birrell stopped behind them, but as she began to get out of her vehicle the Audi reversed at speed into her car

Detective Constable Lisa Evans, of Wrexham CID, said: ‘The sentence will I’m sure bring a degree of relief to many in the local community and I hope it will provide the public with some reassurance and make our communities safer.

‘All four men had a complete disregard for their victims and thought they could evade police detection.

‘It is thanks to great partnership work by our officers that these prolific criminals are now behind bars.

‘We fully understand the devastating impact that burglary has, both on the victims themselves and the wider community. North Wales Police will relentlessly pursue those individuals who cause most harm and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.’

Mark Jones, General Secretary of North Wales Police Federation said: ‘This is just one of many, many examples where our outstandingly brave police officers put their safety on the line for the protection of the public and to apprehend violent offenders.

‘The Police Federation passionately campaigns for tougher sentences on those who choose to attack emergency service workers so it is only proper that those convicted end up behind bars.’

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