Basildon man drove at police and wished cancer upon officers’ kids

A RACIST thug stole his partner’s van and attempted to crash into two police cars – before wishing cancer on the officers’ children.

David Sellars has been locked up after he flaunted bail conditions within weeks to drive while drunk around Basildon.

The 40-year-old of Maydells, Pitsea was stopped by police in Ashlyns on May 21 at 1.45am.

He initially appeared to comply with police, but then sped off before turning the car around and driving at the officers.

A chase ensued, until Sellars stopped in a car park in Pitsea Road – where he reversed at speed and attempted to hit the police car.

Then then tore off along the A13 towards the Five Bells, on the wrong side of the carriageway, forcing police to abandon the chase.

However other officers caught up to him a few minutes later, where he again stopped, turned and drove at them – attempting to cause a crash.

Sellars was located lying in a bush near Kenneth Road and was arrested.

He was later released on bail with a tagged curfew.

He returned to his partner’s address to collect some belongings and got into a row with her on June 11 after his curfew hours, and as a result, took her van again while intoxicated.

Police found him at his home address with the van and arrested him again, and while he was in the holding cells, subjected officers to racist and homophobic insults, targeting one officer in particular, and wished their children would get cancer.

When interviewed by officers, he flipped the table and chair, and it was ended due to fear for police’s safety.

Sellars went on to admit dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without consent, driving without a licence, and racially aggravated disorderly behaviour.

He was jailed at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.

Mitigating, Chris Whitcombe said he does not remember most of the events due to how drunk he was but that he was ashamed of the abuse at officers and “would never do it again”.

Recorder Richard Thomas told Sellars: “You must understand, whatever reason you did this, the officers or anyone going about their job, cannot be talked to like this.

“It was particularly serious and in the context of violence.”

Sellars, who wept as his sentence was passed, was jailed for two years and five months.

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