Jail For Hit And Run Man

Special Constable had her leg broken in 3 places by man driving stolen car in Nottingham

A man from Nottingham has been jailed for nearly five years after he ran over a special constable and broke her leg in three places.

Lee Ashton, 24, hit Sc Carly Henfrey with a stolen Peugeot car as he tried to escape from police in the early hours of November 13 last year

Nottingham Crown Court heard Sc Henfrey, who was sitting at the back of the court with a pair of crutches resting next to her, rolled across the bonnet of the car before hitting the ground.

At an earlier hearing Ashton, of Mosswood Crescent in Bestwood, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, common assault, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.

He has a number of previous convictions for driving related offences, as well as offences of theft and burglary, the court was told.

The Recorder of Nottingham, Judge Michael Stokes QC, jailed him for a total of four years and eight months and disqualified him from driving for six years.

He told Ashton, who appeared in the dock wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a grey Nike T-shirt, the public could only be protected if he was in custody because he constantly flouted any bans or punishments given to him regarding driving.

"You've demonstrated over a period of time a calculated defiance of the criminal law when it comes to driving motor vehicles, that's apart from your frequent dishonesty offences,'' he said.

Prosecutor Balraj Bhatia told the court that Ashton had only been out of prison after serving a sentence for another offence for one day before the incident.

He had been contacted by friends that night who were in the stolen Peugeot before going out with them.