Burglar ‘stole Ferrari racing car 20 minutes before smashing into parked Range Rover that flipped onto its side before he attacked police officer in one-day crime spree’
- Lee Nicholls, 35 has been charged with stealing and crashing the Ferrari car
- The Ferrari had been reported stolen only 20 minutes before the collision
- Suffolk police found him two hours after the crash ‘where he attacked police’
- The crash disrupted a quiet, residential street in Ipswich, Suffolk on April 30
A man has been arrested for stealing and crashing a Ferrari race car in Ipswich.
The stolen Ferrari was left almost unrecognizable after he drove it into a parked black Range Rover causing it to flip onto its side on Lindbergh road in Suffolk.
Lee Nicholls, 35, was charged for 16 crimes altogether after appearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on 2 May, where he was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Crown Court later.
He is being charged with burglary other than dwelling; aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; failing to stop after an accident; failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis; and assault by beating a police officer.
Suffolk police arrived at the crash minutes after the incident on April 30 but Nicolls had already fled the scene.
They found him 2 hours later, at 9am and took him to hospital before questioning him atMartlesham Police Investigation Centre.
The Ferrari race car managed to flip over a 2.5 tonne Land Rover, but smashed its bonnet in the process (pictured) Police at the scene of a collision involving a Ferrari on Lindbergh Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 30 April 2022
The Ferrari had been reported stolen only 20 minutes before the collision from the village of Nacton, where Nicholls forced entry into a secure garage.
Nicholls was also charged with two counts of burglary other than dwelling – both incidents involved shed burglaries – with a set of golf clubs and fishing rods and reels stolen from one location, and a bicycle stolen from the other;
One count of criminal damage to a vehicle where a nearside front window of a Mercedes C200 was smashed and two counts of theft from a motor vehicle.
Nicholls was charged with another similar crash on April 12 that involved him driving a Rover 25 from Reynolds Road then being seen driving the vehicle in Lindbergh Road, before it smashed into a Honda Civic in Beatty Road at 11am.
He was charged with aggravated vehicle taking and injury caused by accident; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; and failing to stop after an accident.
A man aged in his 80s was driving the Honda and was injured after his chest hit the steering wheel in the crash.
Suffolk police detained someone involved in the crash, in which no one was hurt (pictured) Police at the scene of a collision involving a Ferrari on Lindbergh Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 30 April 2022
Gary Smith, 51, a resident of Lindbergh road, told the Sun he heard the Ferrari rocket down the road ‘full whack’ before hearing a massive crash.
He said: ‘He was going as fast as that car would go, it was flat out.
‘I just thought what the hell is going on, it sounded like the Formula 1.’
The engineer said how about thirty seconds after the collision the engine miraculously ‘started up again’ and the driver tried to move it but with little luck.
Gary said the man who owns the flipped Range Rover was left in ‘disbelief’ that a race car could send a 2.5 tonne motor into the air.
Ferraris can reach speeds of up to 200mph, making them highly dangerous in the wrong hands.
No one was hurt during the race car crash.