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Banned driver jailed for injuring Portsmouth police officer

A police officer who was injured when she was struck by a disqualified driver in Portsmouth was "brave and professional", the force has said.

PC Alison Zachs was on cycle patrol when she was hit by a car driven by Freddie Field in Southsea in May 2012.

Field went on the run and was arrested in the city almost four weeks later.

He was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to 23 months in prison for actual bodily harm, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.

PC Zachs had approached Field when she suspected him of driving too fast through a residential area. He drove off, knocking the police officer from her bike.

She received hospital treatment for her injuries which police said were not life-threatening.

'Real risks'

Field, 27, of London Road, Portsmouth, was arrested at a property in Fratton Way, Portsmouth, on 19 June - 26 days after the incident.

He also admitted a separate public order offence of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour at the Etap Hotel in Fratton Way, Portsmouth, on 21 April last year.

Acting Supt Alison Heydari said: "This case highlights the real risks a police officer can face at any moment when challenging suspicious behaviour they notice while on patrol in our communities.

"PC Alison Zachs was brave and professional in confronting a criminal who wrongly thought he could evade justice by endangering lives with his reckless actions."

PC Zachs, who has since returned to work, praised the "compassionate response" of the emergency services in treating her neck and hip injuries.

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