Heart-stopping video has emerged of a police officer being hit by a car and sent flying through the air during a road rage rampage in a supermarket car park.
Damien Price, 30, has been handed a prison sentence of more than six years and banned from driving for 10 years after the incident at the Sainsbury's store in Pinhoe, Exeter on March 12.
Shocking dashcam footage released by Devon and Cornwall Police shows Price speeding through the busy car park in his blue Ford Fiesta towards a couple, launching a shopping trolley in the air.
He then makes a turn to the right where Sergeant Alex Howden is warning other drivers and shoppers to be careful.
The officer turns around and tries to stop him from fleeing but Price drives the car into him, sending him flying.
Sgt Howden suffered a broken leg, a head injury and bruising. His recovery is expected to take more than a year.
A police statement said the incident started when Price encountered a Nissan heading in the wrong direction on the one-way system outside the store.
He shouted out of his window at the couple within and refused to move to allow them to pass, only for the vehicle to manoeuvre around him.
Price then reversed at speed, got out of his car, took the keys from the ignition of the Nissan and threw them away.
He got back into his car and reversed at speed into the couple’s car – knocking the husband and wife, who had exited their vehicle, to the floor. Both suffered cuts and bruises.
Price, of Russet Avenue, Exeter, admitted two counts of dangerous driving and causing Sgt Howden grievous bodily harm.
He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court yesterday, December 15.
Upon release, Price will also serve five years on licence and be banned from driving for 10 years. After that time, he will be permitted to take an extended driving test.
The court heard from Price’s defence team that Price has autistic spectrum disorder, mixed personality disorder and potentially, temporal lobe epilepsy.
Following the sentencing, Sgt Howden, a police officer of nearly 22 years, said: "I don’t hold any animosity towards this individual.
"The decisions he made on that day have had, and will continue to have, enormous consequences for him.
"I’m very fortunate my injury wasn’t far more severe than it was."
Detective Constable Kerry Murch, who led the investigation, said: "This incident reflects the dangers and challenges the police face on a daily basis, despite this force area being one of the safest places to live in the country.
"Price used his car as a weapon to target PS Howden and other members of the public in an incident that bore some similarities to the heart-breaking circumstances in which PC Andrew Harper was sadly killed in Thames Valley in 2019.
"This incident could all too easily have resulted in a more tragic conclusion."
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