A MAN who drove a car at police in a frantic bid to get away has been jailed for dangerous driving but cleared of the reason police were trying to stop him in the first place.

Omar Gul, of Great Central Avenue, Ruislip, West London, was charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs - cocaine and heroin.

A jury at Oxford Crown Court took four hours and eight minutes to unanimously clear the 30-year old of any wrong-doing after his trial came to an end last week.

Detailing the case last week prosecutor Daniel Fugallo told the jury that officers were observing a terraced house at Roman Way, Bicester, in connection with a drug dealing investigation on the morning of June 27 last year.

The occupant of the house, Dominic Daly-Vint, has already admitted dealing drugs from the property, and when Gul was seen to leave the house officers approached him.

What happened next, the court heard, saw Gul jump into his Ford Focus before driving directly into one of the officers.

Mr Fugallo said: "He ran to his car and started his engine despite the fact police officers were at the side of the door banging on his car with batons.

"He set off even though there was a police officer directly in front of his car who, to avoid being hit, had to throw himself on to the bonnet of the car while Gul sped off."

The officer managed to slide off the car, jurors were told, and Gul was later captured, before police found cash nearby totalling about £3,500, which prosecutors said was thrown away by Gul during his escape attempt.

Last week, Gul was jailed for the one count of dangerous driving, for 15 months and disqualified from driving for 30 months.