Two men have been found guilty following an incident in the Market Square, Aylesbury in which a police officer was deliberately run over.
On Monday 30th July 2018, a 21 year old man, of no fixed abode was found unanimously guilty by a jury of one count of grievous bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving. A 25 year old man, of The Pastures, High Wycombe was found unanimously guilty by a jury of one count of assisting an offender.
The convictions are in relation to an incident that occurred just after 3.00pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018 in the Market Square, Aylesbury.
Officers from Thames Valley Police were called to the Market Square in Aylesbury following reports that a vehicle had collided with an on duty police officer. Following the collision with the police officer the driver of the vehicle failed to stop.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andrew Melton of Force CID based at Aylesbury Police Station, said: ‘[The 20 year old man] deliberately drove the vehicle at a police officer, who was attempting to stop the car as it was believed to be used in the supply of drugs in the Aylesbury area.
After the collision, [the 20 year old man] and his friend, [a 25 year old man], wiped down the vehicle, a red Vauxhall Astra, in order to remove their finger prints.
[The 20 year old man] then helped [the 25 year old man] escape Aylesbury by organising a taxi to Reading.
This case demonstrates the dangers that face police officers and staff 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. 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.
I am pleased that the defendants were found guilty of the charges against them, and they will be sentenced in due course.‘
As part of the police investigation, the 20 year old man and the 25 year old man also pleaded guilty to one count each of being concerned in the supply of class B drug, cannabis.
A co-defendant, a 23 year old man, of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to one count of possession of class B drug, cannabis.
All defendants were in the car at the time of the incident. The 20 year old man was driving while the 25 year old man and the 23 year old man were passengers.
The men will be sentenced at a court and date yet to be announced.