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Moment serial car thief bounces off traffic and arrested

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Dramatic footage has emerged of a burglar who tried to smash his way through a queue of traffic in a stolen Mini in Birmingham before he was caught by police.

The Mini driven by Martin Tolan is seen ramming into several cars at the city’s Bristol Road traffic lights as he desperately tries to escape the fast-approaching officers.

Police then swarm around the vehicle, smashing in each window with batons.

The Mini driven by Martin Tolan is seen ramming into several cars in a failed getaway 

The Mini driven by Martin Tolan is seen ramming into several cars in a failed getaway 

In the final moments of the CCTV footage, officers drag Tolan, 28, out through the broken windows of the Mini.

The burglar, who targeted high-value cars at homes across the Midlands, was arrested for the theft of the Mini – along with two others – after the dramatic city centre police chase on April 12.

Tolan has since been jailed for a total of nine years and 11 months

Tolan has since been jailed for a total of nine years and 11 months

Tolan has since been jailed for a total of nine years and 11 months

The incident, in which eight stationary cars were ploughed into, sparked traffic chaos for road users across the city after Bristol Street and a number of other major roads were closed off.

Three people sustained minor injuries in the chaos.

Tolan, of Central Avenue, Northfield, was linked to a series of burglaries across Birmingham including the Solihull break-in in which the Mini was stolen from a driveway.

While he was on bail to give police more time to collected evidence and receive DNA results, Tolan committed three more burglaries in which door locks were snapped off.

Detectives recovered high-definition security camera footage from the home of a CCTV engineer in Northfield, showing Tolan breaking-in in the early hours of May 18, just half an hour after stealing a Nissan Qashqai from outside a Bartley Crescent home.

A policeman holds up his Taser as Tolan draws to a halt among traffic 

A policeman holds up his Taser as Tolan draws to a halt among traffic 

A policeman holds up his Taser as Tolan draws to a halt among traffic 

Officers burst on the scene to smash open the stolen Mini’s windows 

He was also part of a group who struck at an address in Cofton Park Drive, Rednal on May 23 while residents were sleeping. They made off in a Mercedes C-Class and an Audi A5.

Tolan was arrested later that day after a wrench covered in his fingerprints was found on the sofa of a burgled home in Bromsgrove.

He admitted multiple burglaries, dangerous driving, handling stolen goods and theft at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was jailed for a total of nine years and 11 months.

West Midlands Police Detective Sergeant Toni Holl, said: ‘Residents can sleep more soundly knowing Tolan is behind bars. We have proved he was responsible for at least five burglaries but it’s suspected he was linked to more.

‘Several of his victims were woken to find him intruding in their homes while others only found their cars gone in the morning.

‘No-one was injured but I’m glad the court has recognised the prolific nature of Tolan’s offending, plus the psychological impact burglary can have on victims, and jailed him for a long time.’  

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