Jail for motorist who admitted assaulting an officer

Issued on 8/2/19 at 1:16 p.m.

A man who admitted assaulting an officer and deliberately driving his car at another has been jailed.

Sadiq Idowu Giwa, 22, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 8 February) where he was sentenced to a total of 30 months imprisonment.

Giwa, of Hedgemans Way, Dagenham, Essex, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of assaulting an emergency worker, one count of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, driving without insurance, dangerous driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

On 24 September last year, a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) responded to a report by a member of the public of a vehicle causing an obstruction in East Bond Street in the city.

When the officer arrived at the location he attempted to speak to the driver of the vehicle who was sat in the car at the time. Without saying a word the driver reversed the car before accelerating and driving directly at the officer.

The wing mirror clipped the PCSO’s arm as he tried in vain to open the car door, losing his grip as the vehicle drove off.

The car was tracked on CCTV driving around the city before it pulled over for officers who had followed it to The Newarke.

Once the vehicle came to a standstill one of the officers was forcibly pushed by the driver causing her to almost lose her balance as Giwa tried to run from the officers.

After a brief foot chase and a search of the nearby area, Giwa was arrested.

A search of the vehicle recovered a quantity of both Class A and Class B drugs.

PC Jason Harriman was the investigating officer, he said: “Assaults on emergency workers is a serious offence and will not be tolerated.

“Giwa made a deliberate decision to drive his car at an officer and had it not been for him jumping out of the way it could have been much worse.

“Both the PCSO and the Special Constable assaulted by Giwa were merely responding to duty as they do every day.

“Being assaulted is not an acceptable part of the job and officers should not be treated in this way.”

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