After ramming her with his car, a male who fractured a detectives skull has been sent to prison for three years and four months.
Daniel Noddings, aged 37, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday 26th Feb for ‘dangerous driving causing injury to a Police Officer’.
The incident happened in Grantham on 7th October 2020 in a Sainsbury’s car park.
Officers wanted to speak to Noddings following a ‘concern for welfare’ call that Lincolnshire Police had received.
As the officer approached Noddings, who was driving a black Nissan Juke, he struck DC Sara Willcock, flinging her several feet into the air before she hit the ground.
The officer sustained multiple injuries, including a fracture to her skull.
Noddings fled the scene, leaving the officer bleeding on the concrete as other units rushed to her aid.
Within an hour and following a short pursuit, Noddings was arrested and taken into custody.
He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving causing injury to a Police Officer, possession of a Class B drug and a further separate charge of dangerous driving.
He appeared at a Lincoln Magistrates’ Court in October 2020, where he pleaded guilty to all three offences and was remanded into custody pending sentencing.
Chief Superintendent Jon McAdam said,
“This was a serious assault on one of our officers, who was attending to try and help Noddings to see if he was safe and well, given concerns had been raised about him.
“As an officer doing her job to keep people safe, she has sustained a life-changing injury, with significant impact on her and her young family.
“Sara is on a long and challenging road to recovery; this is not ‘part of the job’ and not what officers sign up for. This is a sad and stark reminder of the dangers officers and staff face on a daily basis.
“The fact colleagues were able to respond to the incident in such a positive manner is a testament to their professionalism, meaning Noddings has been able to be brought to justice at this time.
“I would like to sincerely thank all those who sent well wishes for Sara and those who continue to support Sara at this difficult time.”
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