'I've smashed my face' - Moment driver knocks down two officers before going on the run

A 27-year-old man who assaulted two female police officers and left one with facial injuries has been put behind bars.

Barnsley man Bradley Burgin, of HMP Doncaster, “lunged” towards two South Yorkshire Police officers, knocking them both to the ground, on November 3 last year.

Burgin was stopped by officers as he drove along Chapel Lane in Tankersley after the officers picked up that he was driving without an MOT. While speaking to officers, Burgin provided false details and was asked to sit in the back of the police vehicle while further enquiries were carried out.

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The two officers informed Burgin he would be searched and as they opened the door to handcuff him, he lunged towards them, knocking them both to the floor before running away. One officer suffered facial injuries during the attack.

Burgin managed to escape but was later stopped by officers a few weeks later on December 15 after he was spotted driving while disqualified in the Cudworth area. He failed to stop for officers and a pursuit commenced. During the pursuit, Burgin reached speeds of 80mph in a Land Rover Discovery.

CCTV, police dashcam and body worn video ensured Burgin was held responsible for his actions while behind the wheel. He was arrested on March 7 and remanded into police custody.

Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Richard Wilson said: “As officers, we are human, we have loved ones at home who we should return to at the end of a shift. We do not deserve to come to work to become injured or harmed.

Bradley Burgin
Bradley Burgin -Credit:South Yorkshire Police

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“Throughout Burgin’s arrest and interview he showed no remorse for his actions. I am pleased that his actions and offending has finally caught up with him and he will now face time in prison.”

Burgin appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, June 14 where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said their officers are “dedicated to protecting and serving their communities” however “being assaulted, injured and abused while in the line of duty is not part of their role.”

They continued: “We have a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who causes harm or fear towards our staff and will ensure those who fail to show respect are put before the courts.”