A police officer whose leg was amputated after a man drove into his patrol car has criticised the “broken” justice system after hearing the culprit was moved to an open prison.
Thames Valley Police’s Sergeant Tom Dorman was hit by a drink driver while on duty in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in September 2018.
Despite being severely injured, he managed to direct members of the public to apply a tourniquet to stem blood loss.
Hayden Brown, of Maidenhead, was given five years in prison for three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in December last year.
During the incident, which caused such bad injuries to Sgt Dorman he had to have his leg amputated below the knee, Brown was almost twice the legal drink drive limit and had been taking cocaine.
The officer felt the five year sentence was already too light but has now spoken of his disgust at hearing Brown has been moved to an open prison just 10 months into his jail term.
Yahoo News UK understands Brown is on release on temporary licence, which allows prisoners to spend some time away from jail, such as being granted day release.
“Where is the justice for the victim? I am absolutely disgusted to find out that Hayden Brown has been already moved to an open prison and will now be allowed to be temporarily released on licence,” Sgt Dorman said.
“He’s served ten months of a five-year sentence. What an insult. The justice system is broken and failing victims of crime.”
The Thames Valley Police Federation, which represents that force’s officers, said Sgt Dorman is appealing to the prime minister and home secretary Priti Patel to look into the case.
The incident also left Sgt Dorman’s colleague with puncture wounds, fractured ribs, a dislocated shoulder and severe bruising to his legs.
A 19-year-old woman passenger in the car being driven by Brown broke 24 bones and suffered internal injuries.
“How can the system be so fundamentally flawed that his actions effectively sentenced myself, my crew mate and his passenger to a lifetime of punishment, but he gets to leave prison months later?” the officer said.
“How is this Protecting Our Protectors and creating a culture where criminals who harm officers face the full consequences for their actions?”
Craig O’Leary, Thames Valley Police Federation chairman, added: “We are shocked and appalled to hear that Brown will not serve the full five years he was handed.
“Brown chose to get behind the wheel, having drunk alcohol and taken cocaine. In doing so he drove into two police officers.
“His actions that day changed Tom’s life forever, and yet Brown has spent only a few short months behind bars.
“How is this justice for these officers? How can he be deemed safe to roam society? How will his sentence act as a deterrent? Police officers around the country will be disgusted to hear that Brown will walk free after such a short time behind bars.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Drink drivers ruin lives which is why we are introducing tougher sentences so they feel the full force of the law.
“Offenders in open jails face strict conditions and can be returned to closed prison if they breach them.”