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Dramatic footage shows police car rammed.

Michael Gaffey: Jailed for three years

Michael Gaffey: Jailed for three years

Date - 4th February 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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Dashcam footage shows a reckless driver put lives “at risk” when he twice rammed a police car and then drove at an officer during an 80mph, four-mile pursuit.

The dramatic images have been revealed as Michael Gaffey began a three-year prison term after being convicted of dangerous driving, having no insurance and assault at Birmingham Crown Court.

The 28-year-old twice reversed into the car then tried to knock down the West Midlands officer after failing to stop for an unmarked police vehicle in the Shirley district of Solihull on July 25 last year.

Gaffey ignored the blue lights before hitting speeds of up to 80mph – causing other road users to take evasive action – as he attempted to flee.

He eventually appeared to come to a stop in the Dickens Heath district, but then reversed his VW Polo into a police car.

An alert officer managed to quickly move the unmarked vehicle to avoid significant impact and then start following the Polo again as it made off.

 

Gaffey came to stop for a second time on a walkway but then again reversed into the police car, causing the airbags to inflate and officers to be temporarily blinded by the powder.

Although the officers suffered back and slight burn injuries from the airbags they quickly got out of their vehicle to try and detain Gaffey .

But as one of the officers approached the Polo he reversed towards him - forcing the bobby to jump clear.

Gaffey abandoned his damaged car shortly afterwards but enquiries established that it belonged to one of his associates. He was established as the prime suspect and arrested.

In addition to the prison term, Gaffey, of no fixed address, was banned from the road for five-and-a-half years.

A force spokeswoman said: " Gaffey ’s reckless driving put lives, including those of police officers, at risk.

"But they refused to be deterred and thanks to their accounts, and those of other witnesses, we were able to trace Gaffey and put him behind bars."

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Pitiful sentence for what could have been the murder/manslaughter of a police officer. It is luck alone which kept them from serious injury or death and that shouldn't form any part of mitigation. There are European states which would have met gunfire to a suspect trying to reverse into officers.

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