Driver jailed after hitting police officer in stolen car

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A reckless driver who ploughed into a police traffic officer as he tried to stop him driving a stolen car has been jailed.

James Clarke struck PC Anderson as he tried to use a stinger on the Ford Fiesta near the junction of Long Nuke Road and Shenley Lane in Weoley Castle.

The vehicle was being pursued by officers on the 18 November 2022 after it was identified as stolen. After hitting PC Anderson the car drove off, but was safely brought to a halt in Bell Lane, Northfield a short time later.

The officer received significant injuries which have prevented him in returning to duty so far. 

Clarke, aged 33 of Copston Road, Shenley Green, admitted causing injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop, having no insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence.

He was jailed for two years and 10 months at Birmingham Crown Court on 22nd February. He was also banned from the road for two years. DS Hinton said:

"Clarke was reckless behind the wheel as he tried to flee from a pursuing police vehicle. He then struck an officer who was attempting to deploy a stinger to bring the vehicle to a stop. He showed complete disregard by then continuing to drive, before the Fiesta finally came to a halt.

"Our traffic officer has been left with injuries which mean he cannot return to active duty at the moment, and play his role in keeping the roads safe and protecting the public. Clarke has quite rightly lost his freedom."


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