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BMW driver battered PCs; COURT: Man jailed for ramming vehicle into police car.

Byline: Chris Henwood

A DRIVER who used his powerful BMW as a "battering ram" to twice smash a police car injuring two officers has been jailed for four-anda-half years.

Andrew Warley left 54 year-old PC Gordon Amphlett nursing a broken wrist while both he and his 51 year-old colleague PC Steve Gamble suffered whiplash and bruising.

"You used that car as a weapon," Judge Sybil Thomas told father-of-two Warley. "You wanted to put the police vehicle out of action so you could proceed to your planned meeting."

Warley, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told, was on his way to meet a gang of criminals who had been terrorising his girlfriend because they felt he had "grassed" them up by giving information to police about a serious crime.

And, when he missed the scheduled appointment, said Kate Thomas, defending, a shed was set on fire while burning petrol was hurled at his girlfriend's home. Warley, 35, of Albany Crescent, Bilston, admitted driving dangerously, while disqualified, assaulting two police officers, criminal damage and possessing a bladed article.

Hugh O'Brien-Quinn, prosecuting, said Warley had been stopped by police on the A41 in West Bromwich when officers spotted him talking into a handheld mobile while driving his 4x4 BMW X5.

Warley pulled over and the police car stopped behind but he then used his car as a battering ram to smash into the patrol car as PC Amphlett approached his vehicle.
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