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Gravesend driver who aimed to knock down officer to be deported

PUBLISHED: 15:25 06 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:37 06 October 2010

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A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 10 months after trying to knock down a police officer who requested he stop.

PC Sarah Lewis had directed Harpreet Singh, of Ingoldsby Road, Gravesend, to stop his car in Pelham Road, Gravesend, on May 26, but he drove at her forcing her to jump out the way, Maidstone Crown Court heard last Thursday.

The town centre beat officer, who was not injured, had information to suggest that he was driving whilst disqualified and wanted to stop him and check.

After the incident he drove off, abandoning the blue BMW a short distance away, and fled the scene.

He was arrested the following day after forensic evidence and witness statements placed him at the wheel of the car when it was driven towards PC Lewis.

Singh pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance. For the first offence he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, given a three-year driving ban and disqualified from driving beyond that ban until another driving test was passed.

He was also sentenced to four months imprisonment for driving whilst disqualified and the judge ordered that the two custodial sentences run consecutively.

Singh is due to be deported to India by the UK Border Agency.

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