A drug user who hadn’t slept for about one week when he deliberately drove his car into a policewoman, crushing her leg against another vehicle as he tried to escape arrest, has been jailed for six years and four months.
Nathan Dann, 37, had been using meth and cocaine, and had a warrant out for his arrest when the incident unfolded in Perth in May 2017.
The District Court of WA heard Dann panicked when he saw police at a set of traffic lights and tried to drive away.
He crossed onto the wrong side of the road, hit several cars and was boxed in by police vehicles.
“You didn’t give up at that point,” Judge Hylton Quail said.
Officers tried to get him out but he reversed, hitting the door of one of the police cars as a detective sergeant was stepping out, causing him pain.
Dann then accelerated forwards, pinning a policewoman against another car and turning until he was able to free his car.
“You intentionally drove at her,” Judge Quail said.
“You knew she was there … you intended to hit her.”
Dann sped off and ultimately crashed into the back of a vehicle, then fled on foot but was captured.
The court heard the policewoman had surgery but still cannot stand or walk properly.
She said he was laughing as he drove towards her, which Dann denies.
“She has been left with that image frozen on her mind,” the judge said.
Dann, a father-of-two, was sentenced on Thursday for assaulting a public officer and intentionally causing grievous harm.
He will be eligible for parole after serving four years and four months.
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