Police assault man jailed for 90 days

A MAN who injured a police officer by releasing the handbrake of a vehicle so it rolled into her, after being arrested, has been sent to prison.

Gary Wilson, 54, of Cavendish Way, Sudbury, pleaded guilty to assaults on two police officers and two charges of racially-aggravated harassment when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Summarising the case, district judge David Cooper said that on June 1 Wilson was arrested for having a hunting knife in East Street, Sudbury.

He had pleaded guilty to the offence and was released on bail but, after failing to attend court, on June 22 he was arrested.

He was put in the back of a police car but managed to release the handbrake which caused the vehicle to roll and gradually pick up speed.

It struck a policewoman, injuring her left leg, before two other officers were able to bring the vehicle to a stop. Then at the police station, Wilson attempted to head-butt another officer. He made several derogatory remarks about one Irish officer and said that he “had a score to settle” with her.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said that Wilson had been carrying the knife because he had used it for gutting rabbits and in future would leave it on private land.

Wilson had failed to turn up to court because he had got on the wrong bus, said Mr Davies.

He added: “He used to work but had a nasty industrial accident that damaged his back and injured his shoulder blade. Drink is the main thing behind the most recent events.”

For the assaults, racial harassment and knife possession, Wilson was sent to prison for 90 days. For failing to surrender to court bail he received a further 60 days, to run concurrently.