New footage, showing the horrifying moment a police officer was knocked down by a car thief who then ran over him, can be shown today after the driver responsible was jailed for 12 years.
Mubashar Hussain crushed traffic cop Gaz Phillips in an unmarked police BMW in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, on 10 August and left him critically injured in the street.
PC Phillips - who has worked with West Midlands Police for almost 20 years - suffered multiple pelvic fractures and serious internal injuries. He underwent three rounds of emergency surgery - including the first operation described as “life-saving" - and spent four weeks in hospital.
The 42-year-old was responding to reports of a car theft at 4pm on 10 August after a Range Rover Sport was taken from a car park in Tyseley’s Warwick Road. It was tracked to Moorcroft Road where Hussain was found behind the wheel of the stolen Range Rover - alongside another Range Rover stolen the previous day in Sparkbrook - with fellow car thief Ahsan Ghafoor in the front passenger seat.
Ghafoor was swiftly arrested but Hussain - who was banned from driving for four years in May last year - fought back and despite being tasered managed to force his way past officers and jump into a police traffic car.
The officer clung onto the driver’s door but was flung to the floor when Hussain slammed the car into reverse - and was left defenceless, prone on the ground, when the 29-year-old accelerated away and drove over him with both sets of wheels. He drove around the Moseley area at speeds of up to 97mph before abandoning the vehicle 10 minutes later in Ladypool Road, Balsall Heath, where he was confronted by armed police and detained.
In interview Hussain apologised and claimed to “feel bad" for what he’d done, suggesting it was “madness" and that he’d “panicked" having been confronted by police. However, it can now be revealed Hussain has four previous convictions for dangerous driving and has also been jailed for car theft and conspiring to steal motor vehicles.
He was initially charged with attempted murder but later admitted wounding with intent to resist arrest, plus a raft of other offences including dangerous driving, assaults against three other officers, driving while disqualified and two car thefts.
He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. Ghafoor, aged 24 and of no fixed address, admitted two counts of car theft and dangerous driving and was jailed for 28 months.
A victim impact statement on behalf of PC Phillips told how he blacked out at the time but came round in the road to “pain I can’t describe… but pain I had never felt before". He added:
“I spent two weeks in intensive care and I’m told the first operation was ‘life-saving’. It’s too early to say what my long-term prognosis will be and I’m certainly facing more surgery in the weeks and months to come.
“It is unclear if I will ever be able to return to work - but being a Police Officer is a job that I love. It is something I have done for almost the two decades, and will do everything I can to get back into policing."
West Midlands Police Head of Traffic, Superintendent Dave Twyford, praised the bravery of PC Phillips and his colleagues. He said:
“What Gaz did that day was no different to any other in his 14 years as a traffic cop: he was on the hunt for car thieves and trying to protect the public. It’s a job he’s brilliant at and there are countless criminals who can testify to that.
"I’ve heard people say many times how he lives for the job and is a copper through and through. What happened on the afternoon of 10 August was nothing short of horrific. Gaz suffered awful injuries. He could have died. However, the doctors and staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital did a fantastic job, he’s come through several surgeries and thankfully responded well to treatment."