Hit-and-run driver is jailed

A 24-year-old man who was arrested in Linby after seriously injuring a special police constable in a hit-and-run has been jailed.

The officer, Carly Henfrey, suffered a broken leg when Lee Ashton, driving a stolen Peugeot car, struck her on Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, while trying to escape from police in the early hours of Sunday November 13 last year.

Ashton, of Mosswood Crescent, Bestwood Park Estate, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to causing grievous bodily harm, common assault, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months and was also banned from driving for six years. The court heard that he had only been released from jail the day before the hit and run, having served a sentence for another offence.

Bairaj Bhatia (prosecuting) said Ashton was approached by police while driving the Peugeot in Nottingham city centre at about 2.30 am. He had got out of the car and punched a man in the face who had criticised the speed at which he was driving.

He jumped back in the car and, with the officers in pursuit, he drove at SC Henfrey, colliding with her. She was knocked to the ground and her leg was broken in three places. Ashton then drove away.

After the hearing, SC Henfrey said she was recovering well from the injury and the experience had made her more determined than ever to carry on being a special constable, which was ‘the job I love’.