Doncaster man jailed for over four years for burglary and driving offences

A man who was tracked down by a police dog after he tried to run from officers in Doncaster has been jailed for more than four years for a variety of offences. 

Marcus Shaun Smith, 30, of Queens Crescent, Bawtry, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 2 November, where he was jailed for burglary, handling stolen goods and driving offences, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was jailed for a total of four years and four months.

One evening in May, officers began to pursue a black Seat Leon in connection to a burglary committed in the Bessacarr area earlier that month.

The same car had also been seen in the Market Rasen area of Lincolnshire just a few days before, where a house had been broken into and a number of items stolen.  

PC Leanne Heath, from Doncaster’s Performance Crime Team, said: “When officers recognised the car, which we were aware was connected to the two burglaries earlier that month, they began to pursue it as it drove around Bawtry, Rossington and into Bessacarr.

“It was in Bessacarr that we deployed a stop stick to try and stop the car however Smith, who had been identified as the driver, continued to drive in an erratic manner, at high speeds and on two wheels at times.”

When the car stopped, Smith tried to run from the area but a police dog soon tracked him down and found him hiding between some trees on the M18 embankment.

PC Heath continued: “After Smith was arrested, officers conducted a search of the car and found property that had been stolen from the house in Market Rasen, as well as a small amount of amphetamines.

“A large bowie knife and a lock knife were also seized from the car.

“Smith had been persistent in his offending, travelling to Lincolnshire and then back to Doncaster after breaking into a house in Market Rasen.

“I’m pleased that we were able to pursue him, arrest him and bring him before the courts for this string of incidents.”

Smith was jailed for three years for burglary, a further four months for handling stolen goods and 12 months for dangerous driving.

He was also given a further two-month sentence for driving whilst disqualified, three months for possession of a bladed article and one month for possession of drugs, to run alongside his existing sentence.

Smith has also been disqualified from driving for a total of 44 months.