A thug who broke a police officer’s back by ramming a stolen vehicle into the side of his patrol car has been jailed for seven years.
Michael Walters, 45, used a stolen Skoda Octavia as a ‘weapon’ to ram Sgt Richard Coulthard sitting in his parked car.
Sgt Coulthard, 35, has been left in a special spinal brace and is unlikely to continue as a policeman.
The £40,000 police BMW was totally written off in the 40mph shunt.
Prosecutor Craig Jones said: ‘Sgt Coulthard suffered fractured vertebrae and damage to his pancreas, and was in hospital for more than two weeks after the incident.
‘He has since had 14 physiotherapy appointments, is on medication, and can only walk with the aid of crutches and a back brace.
‘It is a distinct possibility he will not be able to resume his police career.’