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Drunk driver jailed for injuring two police officers and passenger in Maidenhead

A driver who seriously injured two police officers and a passenger in Maidenhead while almost twice the drink drive limit has been jailed for five years.

25-year-old Hayden Brown was today convicted of three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, one count of driving a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol, and one count of driving without insurance.

Hayden Brown has been jailed for five years Credit: Thames Valley Police

The incident happened on 2nd September 2018 on Norden Road in Maidenhead. Thames Valley Police officers PC Tom Dorman and PC Norman Lam carried out a routine stop check on a vehicle.

Both officers were out of the vehicle when a silver Ford Focus, driven by Brown, was travelling at excessive speed and out of control along Norden Road. The car hit both officers, causing them to be pushed against the car which was stop checked. This car was then struck along with the police car.

The incident took place on Norden Road in Maidenhead Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Dorman received serious injuries which led to him having his leg amputated. He also suffered a depressed skull fracture through his sinus. He continues to receive medical treatment.

PC Tom Dorman had to have his leg amputated following the crash Credit: ITV Meridian

PC Lam sustained several puncture wounds and severe bruising to his legs, fractured ribs, a dislocated shoulder as well as contusions to his arms. PC Lam is undergoing treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car that Brown was driving also suffered serious injuries. She sustained 24 broken bones and internal injuries which required several operations.

Brown fled the scene of the collision, but was later arrested on the same day. A breathalyser test was carried out and he was found to be nearly twice the drink drive limit for alcohol.

The incident happened on Norden Road in September 2018 Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Tom Dorman tweeted his reaction to the sentence.

PC Dorman takes his first steps following his leg amputation.

"Brown was driving at excessive speed under the influence of alcohol.

"His reckless actions of getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence, driving at speed and ultimately losing complete control of the vehicle had a devastating impact on three people and it is extremely lucky that no-one died.

"The injuries that PC Dorman, PC Lam and the member of public received physically and psychologically will have a lasting impact. It is clear in this case that Brown was in no state to be driving a car.

"Over and over we see the destruction that driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have on innocent people's lives.

"I would hope that this conviction will serve as a reminder that drinking and driving is not worth the risk."

– Inspector Andy Storey of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit