A prisoner-on-the-run has been jailed after driving the wrong way up the M3 while being chased by police.
Police pursued Darryl Dempsey across Hampshire’s motorways, including the M27 and M271 after he escaped Ford Prison, West Sussex.
The 22-year-old drove across fields and footpaths before being rammed by police into a field in Chilworth, shortly before 10.30pm on July 13.
Hampshire police officers had spotted him in his Izuzu Trooper on the M271, near the junction with the M27, and began to chase him.
Today he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving at Southampton Crown Court.
Dempsey also pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody, driving whilst disqualified and criminal damage during the 10 days he was on the run.
He was given six months in prison for escaping lawful custody, 16 months for dangerous driving and two months for criminal damage – all to run consecutively.
He was also given a four-month prison sentence for driving whilst disqualified, which will run alongside the rest of his sentence.
Dempsey has a history of being chased by the police. He once gave them a slip by driving off-road onto the South Downs before abandoning a 4×4 vehicle in Friston Forest.
He was originally handed a 44-month prison sentence for a string of burglary, theft and driving offences.