Sargeant Graeme McCreadie, 54, accidentally mowed down a woman in May 2018 while chasing her attacker in Kendal, Cumbria
A police sergeant accidentally mowed and seriously injured a victim when he blocked her attacker's escape with his marked van, a court heard today.
Sergeant Graeme McCreadie, 54, plowed into Samantha Cook and pushed her against a wall after he bent over the pavement and climbed a curb when he noticed the attacker was escaping through a gap in a fence in Kendal, Cumbria.
The 25-year-old Miss Cook had been in a violent fight with her shirtless ex-boyfriend at 2 a.m. and was knocked down by her stomach and caught against the van until McCreadie turned. In May, she fell to the ground with a double broken pool last year. She was left on the floor "hysterical" and "screaming".
She also suffered a fracture at the base of the spine and a severe wound on the side of her genitals and a wound on the vaginal wall. She was operated on the pelvis and equipped with metal bars and a cage to keep her bones in place.
McCreadie admitted that he went "too far" and "obviously too quickly" went to the court.
Since then, Miss Cook has required medical attention from a nurse on a daily basis and has difficulty performing daily activities such as climbing and descending the stairs and lifting half a liter of milk. She also suffers from flashbacks, nightmares, and PTSD-like symptoms.
He denied having "seriously injured" Samantha Cook, 25, through dangerous driving, but one official claimed he was driving on the wrong side of the road when McCreadie circumcised him. This was negotiated at Preston Crown Court (archive picture).
Another officer, a special police officer, suffered minor injuries after being circumcised by the police car.
The incident occurred near the former Beast Bank post office, which was the inspiration for Ms. Goggin's post office on the Postman Pat children's television program. McCreadie had taken a call from a woman who was "blown away" and was visiting the scene.
Prosecutor Andrew Ford told Preston Crown Court how McCreadie went downhill in the dark, but it only required "normal, reasonable, careful, and competent judgment" of how to approach the corners. He suggested that "just a little bit of safe driving" was required.
The Kent River flows through Kendal, Cumbria, where Miss Cook was between the wall and the van. McCreadie's car showed "no lights or siren," the court heard (archive picture)
He said tensions were high when the first two officials described the man, who was believed to be Miss Cook's ex-boyfriend, as "aggressive" and "arm-slapping" while looking terrified.
A witness who had called the police looked out the window and saw a "man who hit a woman, he was topless and hit her several times".
An officer went to arrest the violent man and stood between him and Samantha Cook, but he became "defensive" and the two shouted at each other.
The officer went to grab him and there was a fight, but the man broke up. He appears to have walked to a gap between the wall and a railing on a street where Sgt McCreadie was driving. The PC tried to track the suspect when he saw Sgt McCreadie in the police car. He saw him cross the central white lines and she drove into the oncoming lane that went down the wrong side of the road. & # 39;
Prosecutor Andrew Ford added how the officer ran uphill while McCreadie was driving the wrong side downhill, and he had to take "evasive action" to avoid his van.
But in the end he cut it off and his shoulder was hit with "enough force to knock in the wing mirror".
Miss Cook was in his way when the vehicle climbed onto the curb and pushed her against the wall.
The defendant "must have reversed and released her, and she fell off the wall," the court heard.
A witness says the woman was pinned between the front of the police vehicle and the wall. It was literally stuck between the wall and the van. A man ran away and a woman was pinned to the wall and she screamed.
Another local resident said when the police car hit Samantha Cook, he said, "There was an almighty scream."
McCreadie showed "no lights or a siren" and "must have known there was a volatile situation on the street," it said.
Prosecutor Andrew Ford said: "The prosecutor says this fell far below the reasonable driving standard. Sgt McCreadie appears to have lost full control of the vehicle. Experts agree that it could have been brought to an emergency stop before Miss Cook and the wall were hit. Experts agree that there was enough distance to stop the vehicle, but it went straight on. No expert can say why the foot has released the brake. & # 39;
The court heard that the van was traveling at 23 mph and slowed to just 7 mph when it hit the curb and climbed onto the sidewalk. McCreadie of Burneside, Cumbria, later said he couldn't avoid the collision because Miss Cook got in his way. He denies that he has caused serious injuries due to dangerous driving.
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