A man from Bidford-on-Avon has been given a suspended prison sentence after he narrowly avoided mowing down a police officer as he fled from a scene where he had just assaulted another officer.
The 2nd police officer had to jump out of the way of the car that was being driven by Christopher O’Brien in Spangle Way, Warwickshire, on 19th November 2019.
Officers had initially responded to a call for help at an address in Spangle Way. After officers arrived at the scene, O’Brien arrived at the property and took it upon himself to become involved in the incident. O’Brien assaulted one of the officers in the process.
Having assaulted the police officer, O’Brien then attempted to leave the scene and jumped into his car. As he sped off, another police officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the vehicle that was being driven by O’Brien.
O’Brien, 34, of Hipbag Lane was found guilty of dangerous driving and pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.
Appearing at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday (11 September) he was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation and £800 court costs.
Detective Constable Imran Ghouri from Warwickshire Police Serious and Complex Crime Team said:
“It was only through luck that O’Brien’s car didn’t collide with the officer and injure him or worse; I hope he has learned a valuable lesson.”
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