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Man denies trying to run over police officer in Stratford street

Correspondent 8th May, 2017

A MAN is to stand trial accused of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a police officer in Stratford by allegedly deliberately driving at him.

Barrie Pearce pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm on Pc Scott Caswell with intent to cause him serious injury.

The charge follows an incident in Hathaway Green Road, Stratford, during the evening of November 27 last year.

It is alleged Pearce deliberately drove at Pc Caswell in a Ford Focus, causing injuries to his hand, after the officer had responded to an emergency call to attend a property in Hathaway Green Lane.

The 26 year-old of Cross Street, Burton-on-Trent, standing in the dock with his left arm in a sling, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving the Ford Focus dangerously in Hathaway Green Lane.

And he also admitted a further offence of driving with excess alcohol, after the court heard a breath test showed an alcohol reading of 71 – just over twice the legal limit of 35.

His pleas were not accepted by the prosecution, and the judge, Recorder Michael Burrows QC, adjourned the case for trial on the attempted grievous bodily harm charge.

Recorder Burrows granted Pearce bail, but made him subject to an interim driving disqualification – with the length of the ban to be decided when he is sentenced after the trial.

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