Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford PC Steven Mullaney 'nudged drink-driver' with car

A police officer knocked down a suspected drink-driver three times with his patrol car after the man "did a runner", a court has heard.

West Yorkshire PC Steven Mullaney, 41, denies causing Anthony Shaw actual bodily harm in Bradford.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Shaw ran off after the officer saw him drive out of a pub car park.

The court heard PC Mullaney said he nudged Mr Shaw with his car to prevent him returning to his vehicle.

PC Mullaney was on patrol with his colleague, PC Darren DaCosta, when the incident happened in the Wyke area of Bradford last March.

Sprained ankle

The jury was played video footage from the police car which showed how the front of PC Mullaney's car bumped into Mr Shaw three times as he tried to run away from the officers.

Each time he fell to the ground but got up again.

After the third time he was tackled by PC DaCosta and the video showed the defendant assisting in Mr Shaw's arrest.

Prosecutor Michael Smith said Mr Shaw, 37, was breathalysed at the scene and gave a reading of 83 microgrammes per 100 millilitres. The legal limit is 35.

He was later taken to hospital and detained for three days suffering from a number of injuries, including a sprained ankle.

Recording allegation

Mr Smith said PC Mullaney told investigating officers that, in his experience, drivers who run from the police are either disqualified, have no insurance or are wanted for more serious offences.

According to the prosecutor, the officer said he had "done no more than was reasonable and necessary to effect the arrest of Mr Shaw and to prevent him committing further offences".

PC Mullaney, who is based at Lawcroft House Police Station in Bradford, denies one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one of dangerous driving and one of perverting the course of justice.

The perverting the course of justice charge relates to an allegation the officer took the video recording from the police car and put it in a tray at the police station reserve for tape to be erased.

PC DaCosta told officers how the pair viewed the video tape from the car and PC Mullaney joked to him: "That looks bad. I can't show this," the court heard.

The trial continues.

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