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Car thief jailed for 12 years for running over police officer

A car thief has been jailed for 12 years for causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) to a policeman by running him over with an unmarked patrol car.

PC Gareth Phillips suffered life-threatening injuries, including a shattered pelvis, after Mubashar Hussain drove the vehicle over him during a traffic stop in August, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

The 42-year-old police officer was called to a report of a Range Rover being driven dangerously, in convoy with another vehicle, in the Moseley area of the city on 10 August.

Image: PC Gareth Phillips underwent 'complex surgical procedures'

He and other officers attending the incident surrounded the 4×4, one of them shooting Hussain with a Taser.

But Hussain, 29, was not incapacitated and even managed to remove the barbs in his skin, before evading officers and jumping into an unmarked police BMW, one of two vehicles preventing his escape.

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He reversed the car at speed, knocking over and wounding a number of officers before running over PC Phillips' pelvic region with its front and rear passenger side wheels, prosecutors said, pinning him underneath it at one point.

Hussain, who was already banned from driving, fled the scene at speeds of up to 97mph – abandoning the vehicle a short time later in the Sparkbrook area, where he was arrested.

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The court was shown bodycam and helicopter footage of Hussain struggling with officers trying to handcuff him after he got out of the 4×4.

While co-defendant Ahsan Ghafoor was handcuffed and pinned to the ground, Hussain used his physical strength to resist arrest.

Ahsan Ghafoor
Image: Ahsan Ghafoor was jailed for 28 months

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said Hussain was described as "looking in a rage and fired up" and, despite being tasered again, reached the unmarked police car behind the Range Rover.

The police car, whose engine had been left running, began to reverse after Hussain got into the driver's seat.

Hussain then "drove forward over the pelvic region of PC Phillips before accelerating up Moorcroft RoaRead More – Source

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