A pair of thieves who stole a Maserati sports car before driving it dangerously across the country have been jailed and are set to be deported.
Andreas Narbutas, 34, of Vaughan Gardens, Ilford, and Arminas Gudas, 34, of no fixed abode, have been locked up for four-and-a-half years and two years and two months respectively.
On June 20, at around 4am, the pair stole a Maserati Ghibli sports car from the driveway of a home in Freemans Close, Stoke Poges.
The duo drove at high speeds towards Maidstone in Kent. Local officers spotted the vehicle on ANPR cameras after the victim, a man in his fifties, reported the car stolen.
In a police chase, Narbutas drove in a dangerous way, swerving across both sides of the road.
Officers used a ‘stinger stick’ in an attempt to end the pursuit, using it to burst the car’s tyres, but Narbutas carried on driving despite the damage.
Eventually, the pair got out of the car and fled into some woodland in the Leeds area of Maidstone.
Officers used a dog unit and drone to locate the pair, arresting them.
Narbutas pleaded guilty to charges of theft of a motor vehicle, going equipped for theft, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.
As well as a prison sentence, he was also banned from driving for seven years.
Gudas pleaded guilty to one count of theft of a motor vehicle and going equipped for theft. He was also slapped with a five-year driving ban.
Both men will be deported to Lithuania following their release from prison.
Thames Valley Police police staff investigator Jon Brewer said: “Not only did Andreas Narbutas and Arminas Gudas steal a high-value sports car, but they then drove it recklessly and dangerously, putting themselves and the public at risk.
“Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident but the victim has been left without his vehicle.
“I would like to thank our colleagues at Kent Police who were commended by the judge for stopping the stolen vehicle and apprehending the offenders without anyone being injured.
“Thames Valley Police is committed to bringing thieves and dangerous drivers to justice.”