An off-duty police officer who rushed to help two colleagues tackle violent thieves in Leeds has been praised by a judge.
Det Con Jessica Sellars stopped her vehicle when she saw PCSOs Adam Scott and Karl Indriks-Clay struggling with Thomas Adams as he tried to escape from a car dealership on Richardshaw Drive in Pudsey.
The PCSOs showed “great bravery.Judge Peter Benson
The PCSOs had got off a bus when they saw two suspects with hoods up looking into vehicles at German Auto Care.
When they confronted the pair last August, 23-year-old Adams, of Carr Street, Bradford, tried to escape over a fence and a struggled ensued.
As Det Con Sellars joined in a Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle was driven to within a metre of the melee and Adams shouted to the driver: “Run them over.”
Prosecutor Peter Hampton told Bradford Crown Court the driver, who was never identified, drove to within a foot of the officers.
“The car was moving backwards and forwards as the engine was revved and it is clear he was threatening the officers with immediate physical violence,” he said.
Adams’s older brother Robert, 26, then got out and forced the officers to back away by swinging a hammer at them. The brothers then fled in the 4x4 but were later arrested.
Thomas Adams was jailed for eight years and four months after he admitted a series of offences including violent disorder and theft in relation to the incident in Pudsey and a burglary in Mytholmroyd.
Robert Adams, of Fairburn Gardens, Eccleshill, admitted his role in the burglary as well as violent disorder and theft. He was jailed for four years.
Judge Peter Benson said the PCSOs showed great bravery and Det Con Sellars had courageously stopped to assist them without any protective equipment.