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9 April 2013, 15:58
A man who was banned from driving has been jailed for 10 years after he used his car as a 'weapon' to mow down two police officers in Harpurhey.
Back in February 36-year-old Wayne Crompton reversed into one of the policemen before accelerating towards the other.
He'd just been stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road.
27-year-old Pc John McGreggor was left with a fractured skull after he was knocked down by the driver's open door.
Pc Richard Hayes, 34, broke his wrist as he was carried onto the vehicle's bonnet when he tried to stop Crompton with a Taser.
Police had been trying to trace the 36-year-old on February 24th after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the month when he failed to attend court on driving matters.
Sentencing him, the Recorder of Manchester, Judge Andrew Gilbart QC, said:
"Two police officers doing their job stopped you. You resented that.
"You reversed suddenly, knocking Mr McGreggor over.
"Mr Hayes tried to stop you with a Taser. You drove at him.
"I have no doubt you used the car as a weapon.''
Manchester Crown Court heard the consequences for both officers - who were in court - could have been far worse but they were making good recoveries - although Pc McGreggor still had no memory of the entire incident.
Crompton, of Kenmore Way, Whitefield, had a lengthy criminal record, including many offences of taking vehicles without consent.
Judge Gilbart also banned Crompton from driving for seven years and ordered him to take an extended test before he could get behind the wheel again.