Chessington man sentenced to six months in prison following foot chase in Woking
A man was sentenced last Friday (19 October), after he pleaded guilty to a number of offences, following an incident in August in Woking.
Edwin Masunda, 39 of Thrigby Road, Chessington, was charged with a number of offences after he failed to stop for an officer, he was pursued and apprehended near Balfour Avenue at approximately 4am on 21 August. The officer suffered injuries that required hospital treatment as a result.
Masunda appeared at Guildford Crown Court last Friday (19 October), and was sentenced to the following:
- Dangerous driving- six months imprisonment, and 12 months disqualified (extended for three months due to being in custody)
- Driving without insurance- no separate penalty
- Assaulting a police officer- one month concurrent
- Criminal damage- one month concurrent
- Taking a vehicle without consent- charge discontinued
- Total of six months imprisonment
Woking Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Greaves said: “Masunda was driving extremely dangerously and had utter disregard for his passenger, who was understandably terrified by Masunda’s driving as he was driving in excess of 80mph in a 30mph zone. This was reflected in court as the original charge was upgraded from driving without care and attention to dangerous driving.
“I would again like to commend the bravery of our officers, it is not acceptable that their job is to protect the public and in doing so, they get assaulted.
“Thankfully, the officer who was injured during this incident was able to return to work for his next shift, but we will not tolerate this type of behaviour. During the pursuit, Masunda tried to climb a fence and used a broken panel against the officer which caused multiple injuries including grazing to the officers forehead, arms and legs, a cut lip, and concussion.”