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Man pleads guilty following collision that left two officers injured

News   •   Jan 16, 2018 16:57 GMT

[Mohammed Shaikh]

A man has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in which two police officers were seriously injured.

Mohammed Shaikh, 48 (15.12.69) of Amberden Avenue, N3 appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 January.

The court heard that on 17 December 2017 at 03:40hrs, two officers from Brent Borough, PC Christopher Appleton and PC Samantha Clark, were carrying out an area search to trace a suspect who had decamped from a vehicle to the north side of the A406.

The two officers were on a footpath adjacent to the North Circular Road when a white Maserati, driven by Shaikh, travelling eastbound towards Brent Cross, came around the left hand bend and mounted the footway. He collided with another vehicle and the two officers; PC Appleton was struck first while PC Clark was trapped between the vehicle and a house.

Colleagues from Brent Borough responded and PC Clark was removed from beneath the vehicle before both officers were taken to hospital.

Shaikh was arrested at the scene and taken to a north London police station. He was charged on 18 December 2017, with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of failing to provide a specimen of breath, and was remanded in custody.

Both of the officers were critically injured but have since improved; PC Clark continues to recover at home while PC Appleton is receiving treatment at a hospital nearer to his home.

Shaikh is due to be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 22 February.

Commander David Musker, said: "This horrific incident is a reminder of the dangers that police officers face. We are really grateful to everyone from the London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and medical staff who rushed to our officers' aid.

"Having to deal with the horrific injuries caused by road traffic collisions is something our officers do on a relatively often basis, but to do so knowing that the people you are rushing to help our members of your own team is really difficult.

"We wish them the very best in their continued recovery."