Scots cop dove to safety as drug dealer sped car towards him

Shannon Partridge admitted driving dangerously in Wishaw.
-Credit: (Image: Mike McQuaid)

A police officer was forced to dive to safety after a drug dealer’s car hurtled towards him.

Shannon Partridge has been banned from driving after she accelerated, with wheels spinning, in the direction of plain clothes officer Steven Brown. He had to jump out of the way to avoid serious injury during the incident.

Cocaine worth £21,000 was later seized from the Audi TT and another vehicle, a court heard.

Anthony Watson, 41, was jailed for 18 months on Friday when he admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug.

His partner, Partridge, 25, admitted driving dangerously in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

She was eight months pregnant at the time. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that plain clothes officers in an unmarked vehicle “had reason to stop” the Audi in Millbank Road last September.

Partridge was driving the car and Watson was in the front passenger seat.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how £21,000 was later seized from the Audi TT and another vehicle.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how £21,000 was later seized from the Audi TT and another vehicle. -Credit:Daily Record

Aga Mathieson, ­prosecuting, said: “The officers approached the vehicle, identified ­themselves as police and produced warrant cards. “But Partridge reversed away from the police car that was parked directly in front of the Audi.

“She then accelerated forward with wheels ­spinning, causing PC Brown to jump to the side to avoid being struck.”

Partridge drove off but the police carried out a number plate check and the Audi was traced to the couple’s Wishaw home later that day. A search was carried out and bags containing more than 1lb of cocaine were seized from it and another car.

Painter and decorator Watson has a previous conviction for supplying drugs and had been on bail for a road traffic matter.

Partridge had not been in trouble apart from a careless driving conviction. Her not guilty plea to being concerned in the supply of cocaine was accepted by prosecutors.

Sentence on the dangerous driving charge was deferred until next month. Sheriff David Pender said Partridge had pled guilty to a “serious” offence and called for a criminal justice social work report and an electronic tagging ­assessment.

Partridge had her bail continued and was given an interim driving ban.

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