Blackburn e-biker assaulted police officers

A FORBIDDEN driver caught the attention of the police by making an insulting gesture towards them as he passed by on an electric motorcycle.

Blackburn magistrates were told the officers were engaged in another case, but when Damion Hart rehearsed the performance later that day they went to arrest him.

Hart fought violently and both officers were assaulted during the arrest.

Hart, 23, of Clarendon Road East, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a rescue worker, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He was jailed for 10 weeks and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each officer. He was banned from driving for 10 months.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said the officers faced another incident when Hart first passed them and made an abusive gesture.

“They saw him later and when he repeated the gesture they went to arrest him,” Mr Robinson said.

Hart punched one officer in the back of the head, then banged the other’s head on the ground repeatedly.

“He was sprayed with pepper spray and officers eventually got him under control,” Robinson said.

“Both officers received minor cuts to their knees and elbows.”

Zabair Afzal, defending, said his client admitted he behaved “appallingly” towards the officers.

“These offenses are related to his mental health issues,” Afzal said.

“He suffers from severe anxiety and depression and he accepts that he needs help.”

Mr Afzal said Hart was due to be sentenced in the Crown Court on drug-related matters in July.

“He is likely to be sentenced to more than two years,” Mr Afzal said.

Earnest L. Veasey