A serial driving menace has been jailed after he rammed police cars as he drove home from a wake in a stolen vehicle.

He was also twice the legal alcohol limit for driving. 

Disqualified driver Matthew Bradfield was spotted by CCTV driving the stolen Ford Ranger through St Austell on March 6 this year.

Two police cars - one unmarked - quickly blocked him in on East Hill but the 49-year-old then rammed both cars for around 23 seconds as he tried to get away.

Police officers smashed his windscreen and used Tasers on him - but the barbs got stuck in his puffa jacket. They  then used incapacitant spray to subdue him.

Bradfield was eventually handcuffed and dragged from the large vehicle as cops swarmed over the roof and bonnets of the vehicles to get to him.

Truro Crown Court heard Bradfield, of High Street, St Austell, has 59 previous convictions for 170 offences.

Of those, 24 are vehicle-related for drink driving, driving while banned and dangerous driving - which the judge described as a "quite appalling record."

Falmouth Packet: Bradfield was twice the legal alcohol limit for drivingBradfield was twice the legal alcohol limit for driving (Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)

In police interview Bradfield said he panicked and was disgusted with his driving when shown police body worn camera footage of the incident.

Barrister Piers Norsworthy, defending, said Bradfield was "disgusted by his actions" and had been to a wake. He was twice the drink driving limit - but he did not know the car had been stolen the day before.

Bradfield admitted dangerous driving, causing criminal damage to cars, drink driving, driving while banned and having no insurance.

He was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for three years and five months.

Recorder John Trevaskis told Bradfield: "You are right to be thoroughly ashamed of yourself."

He said the prompt action of the police to box him in prevented a prolonged chase in a densely populated area of the town.

The judge said Bradfield tried to "smash your way past the police car in front of you without success" as officers used Tasers and weapons to stop him.