Watch: Shocking footage shows driver leading police on high speed chase after violent crime spree
Dramatic footage showing a driver leading police on a high-speed chase after he went on a violent rampage, attacking pensioners in their homes has been released.
Thomas Cahill stole a Fiat 500 and fled police in the Quito area of Birmingham, weaving in and out of traffic, driving the wrong way up residential streets and even along footpaths.
He was eventually arrested after the car shed a tyre and he tried to flee on foot.
Cahill was wanted for a string of violent offences at the time, including burglary, robbery and aggravated vehicle taking, a court heard.
His violent spree left one 78-year-old woman with a broken hip after being dragged to the ground as he snatched her bag in the street.
He also broke into the home of another 78-year-old woman, cutting her phone line so she couldn’t call for help, while he stole bank cards and cash.
Another female victim was stabbed multiple times in her hand as he tried to cut her handbag strap as she walked down the street.
Cahill also tricked his way into the home of a vulnerable man who had previously suffered a stroke by asking for a glass of water, then stole his bank cards.
The homeowner's son spotted Cahill leaving the house and recognised him as having previously done roofing work at the property so was later able to identify him.
A day later, Cahill stole the Fiat 500 from a property in Wolverhampton and police officers were able to trace the car due to the in-car tracker.
The 42-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to five burglaries, three robberies an attempted robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.
He was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court.
Detective Mark Timmins, of West Midlands Police, said: "Thomas Cahill is a really violent offender and we are so pleased to see him behind bars for this time.
"He preyed on the vulnerable and took advantage of them.
"Cahill drove a battered Ford Focus to commit most of these offences, so we were quickly able to identify him as being involved in these malicious crimes.
"Being of a victim of burglary and robbery can be really difficult and the thought of someone being in your home can take a long time to recover from, so I hope this sentence will also provide comfort to Cahill’s victims."
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