Man jailed for driving in to police officers in Manchester

Wayne Crompton
Image caption Wayne Crompton was jailed for 10 years

A man who admitted reversing into two police officers in Manchester while banned from driving has been jailed for 10 years.

Wayne Crompton, 36, of Kenmore Way, Whitefield, struck the officers after they pulled him over on a routine stop in Harpurhey on 24 February.

They were taken to hospital where one was treated for a broken arm and the other for a fractured skull.

Crompton admitted assault and dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

He also admitted aggravated vehicle taking without consent, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He must serve more than six-and-a-half years before being eligible for parole.

Knocked unconscious

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the two officers were on a routine patrol in the Harpurhey area when they saw Crompton driving a red Hyundai driving on the wrong side of the road at about 22:50 GMT.

The officers pulled the car over and one of the officers got out and began to approach the driver's door.

GMP said Crompton then put the car into reverse and deliberately hit the officer, knocking him to the ground unconscious.

The second officer then got out of the police vehicle and went to the front of Crompton's car.

Crompton drove off, launching the officer over the bonnet of the car before speeding off down Rochdale Road.

The car was traced to an address in Haslingden, owned by a friend of Crompton, police said.

At the time, Crompton was disqualified from driving having been given a six-month driving ban in November 2012. He had also been charged with driving while disqualified on 4 December.

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