Aaron O’Halloran, 31, of Handsworth, was found guilty of endangering people on the railway and dangerous driving. He was sentenced to a total of 15 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156 at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 23 August.
Detective Inspector Raymond Ascott commented on the sentencing and the drivers’ actions.
He said: “This was an immensely dangerous and senseless act by O’Halloran which caused significant risk to passengers and damage to the railway.
“The sentence handed to him reflects the severity of this crime and we are thankful no one was injured as a result of O’Halloran’s alarming behaviour.
“He’ll now have plenty of time to reflect on his idiotic actions in prison.”
One commenter questioned the fine, asking “Why oh why such a low sentence?
“The fine should be what it cost the railway and all the investigation costs too.
“It makes no sense, £156 is nothing, you may as well not bother.”
Another said: “Good job getting him before the court, but £23,000 of damage won’t be repaid.
“Also disqualified driver, caught seriously driving dangerously.
“Is it just me or will he do it again.”