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Connah's Quay man drove into police officer

Published date: 04 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A RETIRED lorry driver was placed on supervision for driving at a police officer who managed to jump out of the way after being hit in the legs.

The officer tried to take the ignition keys but was effectively trapped by the driver.

Emlyn John Williams, 67, prevented him taking the keys by holding his hand tightly on them. That prevented the officer from moving away and he was effectively trapped.

A Mold court heard the officer was forced to run alongside the vehicle for about 30 metres to prevent himself bring dragged.

In sheer desperation and fear, the officer was able to overcome the driver and bring the car to a halt.

Williams, of King’s Road, Connah’s Quay, admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop for a police officer. He received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Appearing at Flintshire Magistrates Court yesterday, Williams was placed on supervision, banned from driving for 18 months, ordered to take an extended driving test and told to pay £165 prosecution costs.

The charges follow an incident in a lay-by near St Thomas’ Church in Connah’s Quay, where police officers were conducting routine stops last Friday afternoon.

When Williams was stopped, he became abusive and confrontational, swore and asked how many more times was he going to be stopped that day?

He banged on the dashboard, an officer warned him about one of his tyres and he was met with a further torrent of abuse.

The officer removed the car keys which seemed to calm Williams down and he was told to wait while paperwork for a vehicle rectification notice was prepared.

He was told to wait, the keys were placed on the dashboard, but Williams then started the car and started to rev it.

An officer in front saw the car moving forward, put his hand up and shouted “stop” and the car did so initially before moving forward again.

Williams looked directly at him and collided with his knees. The officer put his hands on the bonnet and was able to jump to the side.

It was then that he went to remove the keys. After being hit by the car the officer was left with an injury to his hand and his knees were “uncomfortable”.

Interviewed, Williams accepted he was wild and wound up, everything got to him and he was “mad” when stopped but he accepted it was his own fault.

He told how things had been getting on top of him, they had been bombarded with visits from debt collectors chasing one of his sons. And as he drove along two more letters about the debt fell from the glove compartment which upset him.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said Williams had been stopped by police in Deeside, Chester and in Ellesmere Port. He accepted what he had done was wrong.

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