Suicidal man assaulted police who saved his life

A HEARTBROKEN man who tried to commit suicide in Pentrich has been given a suspended jail sentence for assaulting the two police officers who saved his life.

A passer-by had seen a car parked up in the village with a hosepipe attached to the exhaust at 9pm on November 5 and called police.

“The pipe was removed and, as a matter of good fortune, the driver was found alive,” prosecutor Mike Treharne told Chesterfield magistrates.

But William Brewer, of Heanor, struggled with officers after he was pulled from the car. PC Matthew Copestake suffered a cut finger, while PC Lorna Dashfield received bruises.

Brewer was handed a 12-week jail term but it was suspended for 18 months.

He was also given an 18-month probation supervision order, 150 hours unpaid work and a one-year driving ban. He must pay £100 compensation to each officer, plus £85 costs.

Mr Treharne said: “He said that he had split up with his girlfriend and he wanted to end his life. He took their jointly-owned car to Pentrich, taped a pipe to the exhaust and sat in the vehicle with the engine running.”

He continued: “Police were injured trying to get him handcuffed and apply leg restraints. When they asked if he had a medical condition he replied that his heart was broken.”