A man who drunkenly rammed into a police car and then violently attacked two British Transport Police (BTP) officers has been locked up for over 2.5 years.
Saddam Fareed of Sprowston Road, east London, pleaded guilty to driving over the prescribed legal limit, dangerous driving, assault on a police officer, actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, Fareed will spend the next 33 months in prison as well as being disqualified from driving for four years.
On 12th May 2018 in the early hours of the morning, a BTP Inspector and Special Constable were on patrol in Leyton, East London, when they noticed a car that was being driven recklessly.
They pursued the vehicle down a dead end before it came to a stop in front of them.
Fareed then put his vehicle into reverse and rammed the front of the BTP vehicle.
Inspector Tanner lent into Fareed’s open window in order to try and restrain him as he continued to try and flee the scene having just rammed the front of the police vehicle.
But Fareed pulled the BTP Inspector into his car and was then subjected him to a brutal volley of punches.
At this point, Fareed had smashed into eight other parked cars as he tried to drive away and it was at this point that Fareed struck the Special Constable with his vehicle as he tried to flee.
As a result of his injuries, the Special Constable was hospitalised for five days.
The car finally came to a stop and Fareed violently assaulted Inspector Tanner once more as the Inspector tried to place him in cuffs.
Following a call for urgent assistance that was made by the officers at the scene, additional BTP and Metropolitan Police units arrived and managed to retrain Fareed.
Safeer Ahmed, 22, also of Shrewsbury Road, East London, gave a false statement to police saying he was the driver of the car and that Fareed was the passenger.
Ahmed was convicted of perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to four months in prison.
Inspector Tanner said:
“There is no excuse for drink driving, or for this level of mindless and dangerous violence. In his drunken state Fareed posed a very considerable risk to the public.
“He failed to pull over for police officers and made a determined and dangerous attempt to escape, with absolutely no regard for the destruction or injuries caused in the process.
“I am pleased to see the court impose a significant sentence due to the high value of damage and the serious injury to one of our Special Constables.”
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