Car driven at police officer dealing with attack

A THUG drove a car straight at a female police officer as she investigated a vicious, unprovoked attack.

Jamie Harbour, 25, of London Road, St Leonards, appeared before Hastings magistrates this month pleading guilty to six charges - assault occasioning actual bodily harm, driving without due care or attention, failing to stop after an accident, threatening behaviour, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

He denied a further charge of assault, which was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Peter Bolwell, prosecuting, said: “In the early hours of October 15, Graham Potter had been out with a friend to London and had got off the train with him at Warrior Square.

“A car pulled up alongside them in Kings Road and Harbour said: `What are you doing in my end’. It made no sense to them and frankly it makes no sense to me. They had not the faintest idea what he was talking about and asked him to clarify.

“The car drove off but then reappeared. The occupants got out and started a vicious assault on Mr Potter. He was hit with a bottle and received facial injuries and a cut to the side of his head. There was more than one person involved in the attack. The police arrived and tried to block the car.

“Harbour drove straight at a female police officer, missing her by a foot, and then hit a police car before driving off.

“He has a history of motoring offences.”

Aiden Harvey, defending said: “The suggestion is that the victim was hit on the head with a bottle while on the floor. While this was not done by my client, he was involved and so the matter can only go to crown court for sentencing.”

The case was adjourned for sentencing.