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Officers badly hurt in crash which pushed their stationary vehicle through a stone wall
6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A police officer suffered fractures to his ribs and pelvis after a speeding car smashed into his vehicle and pushed it through a stone wall.
PC Christian Worsnop and his colleague Steven Wynn had been responding to an early hours report about an Audi A3 failing to stop for other officers in the Wyke area when the high-speed collision took place in April.
The Audi, which was being driven by Thomas Stainsby, was said to have “come out of the dark” and smashed into the officers’ unmarked BMW with such force that the vehicle was pushed through a stone wall and ended up wedged in a gap between the damaged wall and a building in Scott Lane, Cleckheaton.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that the West Yorkshire police helicopter had been involved in the pursuit and Stainsby had driven the Audi at speeds of up to 101mph through residential areas. After the collision PC Worsnop, who had been driving, was left in excruciating pain and he could see his colleague motionless alongside him. The two officers had to be cut free from the BMW by emergency services and PCSO Wynn’s next recollection was waking up in the Leeds General Infirmary.
Prosecutor Stephen Wood told the court that Mr Wynn underwent numerous scans during a four-day stay in hospital, but fortunately he was not seriously injured. PC Worsnop, however, suffered fractures to various ribs and his pelvis as well as wounds all over his body containing bits of glass.
Mr Wood said PC Worsnop, whose wife had recently given birth, was house-bound following his discharge from hospital and he had suffered sleeplessness and nightmares since the collision.
“Thinking abouts the accident upsets him greatly because he could have been killed and his new child left without a father,” said Mr Wood.
Stainsby, 23, of Downing Close, Barkerend, Bradford, pleaded guilty to the recently introduced charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and yesterday he became one of the first people to be sentenced for the offence.
The simple offence of dangerous driving carries a maximum sentence of just two years, but the the new charge carries a maximum term of five years.
Stainsby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and disqualified from driving for three years.
He must also take an extended driving test before lawfully using a vehicle again.
Liam Moore, 25, of Longfield Drive, East Bowling, Bradford, admitted aggravated vehicle-taking on the basis that he was being carried in the Audi.
He was sentenced to 12 months in jail and banned from driving for a year.
Stainsby's barrister Sophie Drake conceded that his driving had been extremely dangerous, but she said he was now very sorry for the injuries caused.
Judge Peter Benson said Stainsby had driven for almost three-and-a-half miles in a “wholly irresponsible and dangerous fashion”.
He said Stainsby had been determined to get away from the pursuing police officers and he had eventually crashed into the side of the unmarked police vehicle.
The judge said the psychological effects on PC Worsnop had been severe and he had suffered flashbacks and nightmares since the incident.