A burglar who stole a laptop, a car and a set of keys returned to the house 10 days later to steal a second vehicle.
David Broadbent, 32, crept into the house in Blackpool Road, Preston, while the occupiers were asleep in the early hours of July 18.
Preston Crown Court heard the front door was pushed to but had not been locked as another member of the family was expected home.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the following morning the family realised a Corsa was missing from the front of the house and a spare key was missing.
The car was later recovered in Callon at around 6pm. Broadbent, who had been arrested for a public order incident, but although there was suspicion he had been involved in the vehicle theft there was no evidence at that stage and he was released on bail.
However 10 days later Broadbent returned to the house and stole an Audi A3 from the drive, with a spare key he took during the previous burglary. The owner spotted the vehicle being taken and dialled 999. Officers followed the car into the Farringdon Park area and when the vehicle pulled into Farringdon Crescent, one of the drivers blocked the exit.
The Audi collided with the police car as it came to a stop.
An officer jumped out of the police car and across the bonnet of the Audi but as he did so, the vehicle reversed and the officer fell, suffering an injury to his finger and a sore jaw and back. Broadbent was arrested and later pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, burglary and taking a vehicle without consent. The court heard he has 108 previous convictions and is homeless and addicted to drugs.
Judge Pamela Badley, sentencing, handed him a 26 month prison sentence, saying: “It is a piece of sheer audaciousness that you took the car keys then drove away and a collision took place. This was aggravated vehicle taking because of the injury caused to the police officer.”
She banned him from driving for three years.