Man who ran over PC Gareth Phillips with stolen patrol car jailed

15 October 2019, 17:36

Maddie Goodfellow

By Maddie Goodfellow

A banned driver has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for inflicting "life-changing injuries" on a police officer he hit with a stolen police car.

Mubashar Hussain, from Hall Green, Birmingham, was arrested in September after running over PC Gareth Phillips and speeding away from the scene at 100 miles per hour.

Police officers tried to arrest Mubashar Hussain and his co-defendant Ahsan Ghafoor, using a taser.

PC Phillips was then pinned underneath the patrol car as the defendant tried to get away.

Mubashar Hussain hit PC Gareth Phillips with a stolen police car
Mubashar Hussain hit PC Gareth Phillips with a stolen police car. Picture: West Midlands Police

An off duty doctor who rushed to the scene helping PC Phillips said Hussain: "Just saw red, you know you could tell he just wanted to escape, like a caged animal - and he wasn't going to let anybody or anyone's life stop him from escaping.

"It was like something out of a war zone...He had a head injury, there was blood coming from his head, he was lying in a slanted position on his side, quite dazed, disorientated.

"The lack of regard for the poor officers who were seriously injured in the process was just shocking really."

PC Gareth Phillips was left with life changing injuries
PC Gareth Phillips was left with life changing injuries. Picture: West Midlands Police

Hussain pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest, as well as 11 other offences and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

PC Phillips has now undergone a number of complex surgical procedures but his injuries will be life changing.

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