Nottingham man jailed for special constable hit-and-run

Lee Ashton
Image caption Ashton was jailed for four years and eight months

A 24-year-old man who seriously injured a special police constable in a hit-and-run in Nottingham has been jailed.

Carly Henfrey suffered a broken leg when she was hit in Shakespeare Street while responding to reports of an altercation on 13 November.

Lee Ashton, of Mosswood Crescent, Bestwood, admitted causing grievous bodily harm, common assault, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mr Ashton was also disqualified from driving for six years.

'Calculated defiance'

Mr Ashton hit Ms Henfrey with a stolen car as he tried to escape from police, after assaulting a man in the street.

The special police constable rolled across the bonnet of the car before hitting the ground and breaking her leg in three places.

The defendant had a number of previous convictions for driving related offences, the court heard.

Judge Michael Stokes QC told Ashton 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.

Ashton had only been released from prison the day before, prosecutor Balraj Bhatia told the court.

Mr Bhatia said: "He drove at the officer, he continued towards her, the left side collided with her, knocking her to the floor and the Peugeot then drove away."

Ms Henfrey spent four days undergoing treatment at the Queen's Medical Centre, which included having a metal rod inserted into her shin.

In a statement, Ms Henfrey said: "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."

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