A man has been jailed for two years after deliberately ramming a police car, injuring an officer who was sitting inside.

Paul Morton, 31, from Gateshead, twice reversed his 4x4 into the patrol car which was parked outside a house in Hartlepool in October.

Teesside Crown Court heard the officer feared he would be killed and was left with head, neck and shoulder injuries.

Morton is guilty of dangerous driving and assault causing actual bodily harm. and has been disqualified from driving for two years after his release.

  • Chief Constable Richard Lewis said:

No officer should be subjected to any form of abuse when carrying out their duties and I hope today’s sentence sends out a strong message to offenders that we will take all steps possible to prosecute and bring those responsible to justice should anyone subject our officers to any form of abuse.

Chief Constable Richard Lewis

The force said they are "satisfied with the sentence" handed to Morton and will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to any form of abuse against their officers.

  • Hartlepool CID Detective Inspector Mark Hanson said:

This was a targeted and potentially very dangerous attack on one of our colleagues who was simply carrying out this duties.

Hartlepool CID Detective Inspector Mark Hanson