Teen jailed after breaking police officer’s leg in Sandy getaway

PUBLISHED: 17:56 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 29 October 2018

Harlow teenager Jack Mitchell has been jailed after driving at a police officer in Sandy and breaking her leg. Picture: Bedfordshire Police

Harlow teenager Jack Mitchell has been jailed after driving at a police officer in Sandy and breaking her leg. Picture: Bedfordshire Police

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A police officer who had her leg broken after a car was deliberately driven into her in Sandy says she is glad that the “dangerous individual” responsible has been jailed.

PC Hayley Robinson suffered the serious injury when Jack Mitchell intentionally drove his car at the on-duty police officer when trying to evade capture.

The 19-year-old was jailed for two years on Friday after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving with intent to cause serious injury in relation to the incident in Sandy on April 24.

PC Robinson and a colleague initially had been responding to reports of concern for the welfare of an 18-year-old woman, with the support of the National Police Air Service.

While dealing with the incident, the pair encountered a black Audi A5 in Sandy’s Sunderland Road, which they then approached as part of their enquiries.

The Audi drove at the officers, who attempted to take cover in their marked police vehicle before they were hit.

The collision caused serious injury to PC Robinson, breaking her leg, while the second officer was unhurt.

After evading officers and leaving the county, Mitchell – of Kingsmoor Road in Harlow – was eventually detained in Essex in August.

His Honour Judge Richard Foster sentenced Mitchell to two years and three months for this offence at Luton Crown Court, and a further three months for a separate dangerous driving offence in Essex on June 26.

Due to Mitchell’s age, and personal mitigation, the sentence was reduced to two years. Mitchell also received a two-year driving ban, to come into effect once his sentence is served. He must also take an extended driving test.

PC Robinson said: “In my 14 years as an officer, and having dealt with numerous difficult and volatile individuals, I have never been so fearful for my own safety and that of my colleagues. I have suffered agonising physical pain but more substantially, emotional distress and anguish throughout my recovery.

“I love my job, however, it’s been a really tough time and I’ve battled hard to get myself back to work to continue to serve Bedfordshire. Mitchell is clearly a dangerous individual who went to extreme efforts to evade officers and I’m glad he has finally been caught and will serve time in prison for his actions.”

Detective Constable Jo Barkat, who led the investigation, said: “Hayley has been incredibly brave throughout this experience, the impact of which clearly goes beyond the physical trauma she suffered at the time.

“Officers were responding to an incident which had nothing to do with Mitchell, and his subsequent actions were not only dangerous, but needless.

“He then went to great lengths to avoid being detained, so I’m glad we were able to trace Mitchell and bring him to justice.

“No one should be put in harm’s way simply for doing their job, and this is a stark warning for anyone who tries to hurt a member of the emergency services. It’s not acceptable, won’t be tolerated, and you will appear before the courts.”

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