Drug dealer who ran down police officer sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court

JAILED: Andre George
JAILED: Andre George

A drug dealer who attempted to run over a police officer to avoid arrest has been jailed for more than four years.

On November 3 last year Andre George, 27, was spotted dealing drugs from a vehicle by two plain clothed police officers in Eve Street, Cambridge.

The officers approached George and identified themselves. George then proceeded to drive off, knocking Sergeant Paul Street onto the bonnet and travelling approximately 70 metres with the officer on the vehicle.

Sergeant Street was uninjured and managed to arrest George when the vehicle stopped.

George, of Crome Road in London, pleaded guilty to being concerned with the supply of a Class A drug and assault with intent to resist arrest.

On Friday (February 17), at Peterborough Crown Court, he was sentenced to three years and six months for the first charge and seven months for the second, to run consecutively.

Detective Constable James Weston, who investigated the incident, said: “It is remarkable that Sergeant Street avoided injury in an incident that could have been a lot worse. George clearly had no regard for the safety of others and was determined to avoid arrest.

“I hope this sentence sends a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Cambridge.”

Sergeant Street said: “This was an extremely unpleasant experience which highlights the dangers that police officers face on a day to day basis. It is hard to explain just how frightening it was being on the bonnet of a vehicle travelling at speed, but it was by pure luck that nobody was seriously injured as a result of this incident.

“I think the sentence reflects the violent nature of this crime. Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s officers are working extremely hard to keep the residents of Cambridgeshire safe from these types of individuals, and will continue to do so.”