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A Kent car thief was tracked down by police after leaving his DNA on a discarded cigarette in a stolen vehicle.

The aptly named Duncan Fagg stole a white Nissan Micra from a car park in Gravesend in April last year.

It wasn't until two weeks later that Police spotted the stolen car and attempted to stop it. However, the driver tried to get away by driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road, before crashing into a nearby house.

Officers arrested Fagg - who was spotted walking away from the car by the property's owner - attempting to make his getaway, despite walking with the aid of crutches.

He was then placed in the stolen car, after police matched Fagg's DNA with that on a cigarette butt in the car.

The 36-year-old of Allhallows, Rochester, pleaded guilty to the theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was jailed for 18 months and banned from driving for three years.

Detective Constable Roger Harris, from Kent Police, said: "After failing to stop for police when given every opportunity to do so, Fagg embarked on a reckless campaign to do everything he could to avoid capture," reported The Mirror.

"He drove dangerously, often on the wrong side of the road and also overtook other motorists on roundabouts, which tells me he gave absolutely no consideration to other road users.

"But for the quick thinking of one motorist who was forced to move to the side of the road to avoid the speeding stolen vehicle, this could have been a more serious incident with severe consequences.

"After catching up with him shortly after, we were able to use forensic techniques to match a roll-up that Fagg had been smoking in the stolen Micra with his DNA to prove he had been in the car."