Man ran over special constable a day after prison release
A MAN who ran over a special constable and broke her leg in three places had only been released from jail the day before.
Lee Ashton, 24, hit Carly Henfrey with a stolen Peugeot car as he tried to escape from police in the early hours of November 13 last year.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, he was put back behind bars for a total of four years and eight months.
Judge Michael Stokes QC also banned him from driving for six years.
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Ashton, of Mosswood Crescent in Bestwood, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, common assault, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.
The court heard he has a number of previous convictions for driving related offences – his first committed in 2002 – as well as offences of theft and burglary. It was also estimated he had drunk 15 pints of beer before getting behind the wheel of the car.
Judge Stokes told him the public could only be protected if he was in custody, because he constantly flouted any bans or punishments given to him.
"You've demonstrated over a period of time a calculated defiance of the criminal law when it comes to driving motor vehicles," he said.
Prosecutor Balraj Bhatia told the court Ashton had only been out of prison for one day before the incident, after serving a sentence for another offence.
He had been contacted by friends that night who were in the stolen Peugeot before going out with them.
Mr Bhatia told the court Ashton ended up driving the car and was approached by police around 2.30am in the city centre after he got out of the car and punched a man in the face who had criticised the speed he was driving. It was this incident that the common assault charge related to.
It was as Ashton was trying to escape officers that he jumped back into the car.
Mr Bhatia told the court: "This defendant got back into the Peugeot, revved its engine, turned hard to the left, clipping a police vehicle as it did. This officer was only about one or two metres away and not in a position to take evasive action. He drove at her, the left side of the car collided with her, knocking her to the floor and the Peugeot then drove away."
SC Henfrey's leg was broken in three places below the knee and she spent four days undergoing treatment at the Queen's Medical Centre.
The 27-year-old signed-up to become a volunteer officer last year and juggles shifts around her full-time job with a finance company in Chilwell.
She is based at Central Police Station.
Sentencing Ashton, Judge Stokes added: "I hope that what you did to this police officer and the knowledge that you have caused her grave injury which may threaten her career as a special constable may make you think."
After the hearing, Special Constable Henfrey said: "My recovery is going well and I'm slowly making progress. This hasn't put me off being a special constable and I'm more determined than ever to carry on doing the job I love."