A BIDFORD man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he was found guilty of dangerous driving and assaulting a police officer.

Christopher O’Brien, aged 34, of Hipbag Lane, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on Friday (September 11).

In November last year, officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a property in Spangle Way, Bidford.

As they dealt with the incident, O’Brien arrived at the property and became involved, assaulting an officer in the process.

Warwickshire Police said another officer attempted to prevent O’Brien leaving in his car and “had to jump out of the way to avoid being run down” following the altercation.

O’Brien was found guilty of dangerous driving and pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.

He was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation and £800 in court costs.

Detective Constable Imran Ghouri from Warwickshire Police Serious and Complex Crime Team said: “It was only through luck that O’Brien’s car didn’t collide with the officer and injure him or worse; I hope he has learned a valuable lesson.”