A driver who killed two policemen when he crashed his van into their patrol car at 80 miles an hour has been jailed for 14 years.
Leayon Dudley (42) was chased for about 50 miles across four counties before he hit the car in a lay-by on the A42 near Worthington, Leicestershire.
Dudley, of Oakhurst Road, Acocks Green, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Pc Andrew Munn, aged 37, and his Leicestershire police colleague, Bryan Moore, aged 39, last week after a legal technicality prevented the prosecution from pursuing a murder charge against him.
Sentencing him at Stafford Crown Court, Mr Justice Mitting said: "Your decision of deliberately driving into a layby put at risk the life of anyone in your way.
"Your decision condemned one officer and his passenger to death. In my view the offences of manslaughter to which you have pleaded guilty are about as bad as the courts are likely to encounter.
"That event was under your deliberate control throughout, not withstanding the amount of alcohol you had drunk."
The father-of-two, who was nearly twice the legal drinkdrive limit, was convicted of murdering Pc Moore and unlawfully killing Pc Munn following a trial two years ago but his convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court last week, shortly before the new trial was due to begin, Dudley pleaded guilty to two charges of manslaughter.
The prosecution could not proceed on two charges of murder because Dudley had been acquitted of the offence against Pc Munn.
Frances Oldham QC, prosecuting, told Mr Justice Mitting she decided "with great reluctance" not proceed with one charge of murder.
Yesterday, Brian Escott Cox QC, defending, told Mr Justice Mitting: " These offences are indistinguishable from causing death by dangerous driving."
But the judge replied: "I don't accept that. He deliberately drove into a layby knowing it was a layby and that a police car was ahead of him and that there was at least one policeman in the car whose life was at risk. It was a deliberate taking of risk."
Mr Escott Cox said: "As far as showing remorse is concerned he has shown remorse consistently and from the earliest possible time.
"He has said people could not possibly understand how sorry he is."
The deaths of the two policemen followed a row between Dudley and his girlfriend because he thought she was seeing another man.
He drove at speed from Birmingham and was later followed by a line of police cars and a helicopter for 50 miles along the M40 and the M42 until the collision on the A42 in Leicestershire.
Pcs Munn and Moore were waiting to throw out a stinger with a line of spikes in front of Dudley's van to stop him, when he mounted a parking reservation kerb and smashed into their car.
Pc Munn died instantly and Pc Moore died in hospital. Dudley was trapped in his van and fought with policemen as they tried to get him out.
Outside the court, Alison Munn said: "We think that the judge recognised the impossible situation in which we have been left and we recognise that by his comments and sentence. It is about the best we could have hoped for.
"I don't think we have had proper justice but we have got the best we can.
"We blame the judicial system. The Crown Prosecution Service, the barristers and police have all worked hard but their hands were tied."