Man jailed for deliberately driving at officer
A man has been sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for grievous bodily harm to a police officer.
Corey Allard, 21, deliberately drove at the Thames Valley Police officer who was trying to stop his car believing it was used to supply drugs.
The officer had to go to hospital with head injuries after the incident on February 13 but has now returned to work.
Allard failed to stop the red Vauxhall Astra in Market Square, Aylesbury and made off after hitting the officer.
His friend Omar Burke (25) helped him evade arrest by ordering a taxi to Reading.
They had also wiped down the car to hide any fingerprints.
Allard was found guilty of one count of grievous bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving and was sentenced on Friday (October 5) at Aylesbury Crown Court.
He was also found guilty of one count of grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery, in connection with separate incidents in High Wycombe, and one count of being concerned in the supply of class B drug.
Burke has been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of assisting an offender, one count of being concerned in the supply of a class B drug, and one count of possession of a class B drug.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andrew Melton, said “The judge remarked that Allard is a dangerous offender, who showed no regard for life when he drove a vehicle at the police officer in broad daylight on February 13 this year. As such, Allard will not be considered for early release from prison until he has served at least 14 years’ imprisonment.”
Co-defendant George Green was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm, attempted robbery and assault relating to other incidents in High Wycombe. He was jailed for five years and eight months.
Det Con Melton added: “This case demonstrates the dangers that police officers and staff can face on a delay basis.
“The officer was taken to hospital with head injuries, but thankfully they were not as serious as first thought and he was later discharged from hospital.
“The officer was incredibly fortunate to have walked away from this incident with minor injuries thanks to his quick reactions and sheer luck.
“The officer is now back on duty, keeping the public of Thames Valley safe.
“I am pleased that Allard and Burke will now serve a substantial period behind bars for their offences.”