POLICE officers were dragged along the floor by a car and punched in the head by a man who has now been jailed for more than four years.

Dayne Cooper, 27, dragged an officer along the floor with his Vauxhall Corsa in Chafford Hundred, just moments after he was asked to step out of the car.

Two half snooker cues, a golf club and remnants of cannabis, were all spotted in the vehicle, but while two police officers were carrying out a search, he sped off, dragging the male officer who had one hand on the door handle.

He threatened to kill him and ran over his foot as the car mounted the kerb onto a grass area.

The officer attempted to grab the steering wheel and keys, and the car swerved.

The second officer tried to grab her colleague to pull him back, but the car kept moving before coming to a stop.

Cooper was pulled out of the car but struggled with the male officer.

The female officer pleaded with him to calm down but he punched her in the head, and she fell to the ground.

She sprayed him with CS spray but he made off and she gave chase.

Cooper then remarkably tried to get into a member of the public’s car, then tried to climb a gate.

But she grabbed him and other officers helped her detain him.

Cooper, of Fenton Road, was found to have no car insurance on the vehicle.


Investigating officer PC Owen Clements, of Grays CID, said: “This was a horrific attack on colleagues who were just trying to do their job.

“Thankfully they were not seriously harmed but there could easily have been a very different outcome if that car had not stopped.”

He admitted actual bodily harm, assaulting an emergency worker, dangerous driving, and failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on 16 November.

Cooper was then jailed on November 25 and banned from driving for four years and eight months.

He was also ordered to pay £600 compensation and £200 costs.