Burglar ‘stole a Ferrari racing car 20 minutes before hitting a parked Range Rover which flipped onto its side before attacking a police officer during a crime day’
- Lee Nicholls, 35, was charged with stealing and crashing the Ferrari car
- The Ferrari had been reported stolen just 20 minutes before the collision
- Suffolk Police found him two hours after the accident ‘where he attacked the 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 racing car in Ipswich.
The stolen Ferrari remained almost unrecognizable after it was driven into a parked black Range Rover, which flipped it sideways on Lindbergh Road in Suffolk.
Lee Nicholls, 35, was charged with a total of 16 crimes after appearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on May 2, where he was remanded in custody to appear later at Ipswich Crown Court Ipswich.
He is charged with burglary other than residential; aggravated vehicle seizure and vehicle damage; drive other than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; not stopping after an accident; failure to provide a breath sample for analysis; and assault by beating a police officer.
Suffolk Police arrived at the crash scene minutes after the April 30 incident, but Nicolls had already fled the scene.
They found him 2 hours later, at 9 a.m. and took him to the hospital before questioning him at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.
The Ferrari racing car managed to overturn a 2.5 tonne Land Rover but broke its bonnet in the process (pictured) Police at the scene of a collision involving a Ferrari on Lindbergh Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, on April 30, 2022
The Ferrari had been reported stolen just 20 minutes before the Nacton village collision, 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 front window of a Mercedes C200 was smashed and two counts of theft in a motor vehicle.
Nicholls was charged with another similar accident on April 12 which involved him driving a Rover 25 from Reynolds Road, then was seen driving the vehicle to Lindbergh Road, before it crashed into a Honda Civic at Beatty Road at 11 a.m.
He was charged with aggravated seizure of vehicle and injury caused by accident; drive other than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; and not stop after an accident.
An 80-year-old man was driving the Honda and was injured after his chest hit the steering wheel in the crash.
Suffolk Police have arrested one person involved in the crash, in which no one was injured (pictured) Police at the scene of a collision involving a Ferrari on Lindbergh Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, April 30, 2022
Lindbergh Road resident Gary Smith, 51, told The Sun he heard the Ferrari rocket on the road “flat out” before he heard a huge crash.
He said: “He was going as fast as this car would go, it was flat.
“I was just thinking what was going on, it felt like Formula 1.”
The engineer said that about 30 seconds after the collision, the engine miraculously “restarted” and the driver tried to move it, but with little luck.
Gary said the man who owned the overturned Range Rover was “in disbelief” that a race car could send a 2.5 tonne engine into the air.
Ferraris can reach speeds of up to 200 mph, making them very dangerous in the wrong hands.
No one was injured in the race car crash.