Bus rampage man is jailed

A DRUNK who stole a bus and went on a rampage through Batley, Dewsbury and Thornhill has been jailed for at least threeandahalf years.

Shane Oldroyd, 27, of Bridle Lane, Gawthorpe, stole the bus in Wakefield and then went on a 30mile joyride, leaving a trail of damage estimated at £250,000.

Leeds Crown Court heard how people feared for their lives as the bus careered towards them.

Oldroyd admitted aggravated vehicle taking, damaging property and being reckless as to whether life would be endangered, driving over the limit, without insurance or a licence and failing to stop after an accident.

The court heard how at least 50 other vehicles were damaged in the drama on August 16 this year.

Oldroyd, three times over the drinkdrive limit, and a female friend boarded the empty bus at Wakefield Bus Station. The first serious smash happened near the Royal Oak pub in Owl Lane, Ossett, when the bus hit a Mercedes.

The bus was finally halted on the M1 when police rolled out stinger devices to burst the tyres.

Police used a taser to stun Oldroyd and video images shot from the force helicopter showed him being dragged out of the missing windscreen.

Judge Kerry MacGill, imposing an indeterminate sentence of at least threeandahalf years, said the thought of what could have happened made his blood run cold.

He described Oldroyd as a danger to the public.

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