Ban for drink driver who hit a police car
A DRINK-DRIVER who crashed into a police car and reversed off causing an officer to fall to the floor has been spared jail.
Edward Barrs-Wilshaw, aged 26, tried to turn his Fiat Punto into Malvern Avenue, Silverdale, but collided with a police car, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said an officer approached the driver's door and could smell alcohol.
"She told him to get out the car," said Miss Chamberlin.
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"He put the car in reverse and started to fall back to Bath Road.
"She shouted at him to stop the car and ran alongside. But he turned the steering wheel erratically and she was caused to fall to the ground."
Barrs-Wilshaw did stop about 50 yards away.
The officer suffered a pulled muscle.
The defendant was breathalysed and gave a reading of 55 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, above the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
Barrs-Wilshaw, of Bath Road, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
Judge Paul Glenn said it was towards the lower end of the scale for dangerous driving and sentenced the defendant to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision and up to 60 sessions of an alcohol workbook.
He will also be subject to a three-month electronically-monitored curfew from 8pm to 5am.
And he must pay £250 compensation to the officer and £150 costs.
Barrs-Wilshaw was also banned from driving for three years.