Newly released footage shows the moment a man hit a police officer in an attempt to escape being caught drug dealing in March 2021.
The dealer, identified as 24-year-old Matthew Crofts, was sentenced to 54 months in prison by the Coventry Crown Court on Friday, August 5, according to the Warwickshire Police.
The footage posted to the Warwickshire Police YouTube page shows the officer approaching Crofts’ car and opening the passenger door before the suspect suddenly reverses, knocking the officer down. It also shows Crofts taking off down the street with an open door.
The police department reported that nobody was “seriously injured” after the incident.
“This was an outrageous incident in which a drug dealer was prepared to put members of the public’s lives at risk in order to get away and save himself,” Detective Constable Matthew Rapkins of Rugby Proactive CID said.
“Drug dealers are not welcome in Warwickshire, they prey on the vulnerable and try to destroy communities,” Rapkins added. Credit: Warwickshire Police via Storyful