Four years for man who injured police officer

Issued on 14/2/17 at 5:07 p.m.

A driver whose actions seriously injured a police officer in Loughborough has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Mark Courtney Johnson, 34, of Armadale Drive, Leicester, pleaded guilty to Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm with intent to resist arrest and two counts of theft.

He was sentenced today at Leicester Crown Court.

Police were called to Loughborough after Johnson was seen inside a building site on Allendale Road on Sunday 14 August. He drove out of the site in a Transit flatbed van, ramming the fencing as he left and collided with a parked vehicle.

A police officer who was called to the site saw Johnson stationary at some traffic lights. The officer got out of his vehicle and walked towards the defendant’s vehicle, at which point Johnson revved his engine and drove at the officer who was standing in the road.

Detective Constable Chris Fox investigated the incident. He said: “This was an horrific incident which left the police officer with serious leg injuries. Following extensive treatment, he returned to restricted duties four months after the incident.

“He is due to undergo further surgery, but the events of that day will stay with him forever and we hope that this conviction will help him to put the horrific incident behind him.”

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay, said: “The injuries the officer sustained were very serious and he won’t disagree with me when I say that he could have potentially lost his life that day. Officers take risks every day in order to protect the public, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right that they are subjected to such violence.

“Last May, the force, along with Leicestershire Police Federation and Unison, signed a seven point pledge committing the organisations to thoroughly investigate and record deliberate assaults on their members.

“As well as investigating such acts of violence we pledged to support our officers and staff to ensure that they are able to continue their work wherever possible.

“The impact on a victim’s mental health can be immense and we have a number of resources available via our Occupational Health team.”

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