Thieves jailed after police officer is mowed down in stolen car

Thieves jailed after police officer is mowed down in stolen car

Philip Dewey

Thieves jailed after police officer is mowed down in stolen car
Eugene Gunderman, 28, was sentenced to four years and 10 months imprisonment.

The theft of a car used to run over a police officer has led to a thief from Old Windsor being sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Eugene Gunderman,  of Queens Close, was sentenced at St Albans Court yesterday after pleading guilty to theft of a car, attempted robbery ABH and dangerous driving.

The 28-year-old stole a grey Audi RS6 from a property in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, on July 10, along with Damon Denham, 27, from Kingbury Drive, Old Windsor.

The pair were spotted on the M25, driving 100mph on the hard shoulder, by police and PC David Oram and PC Stuart Fraser, with the specialist Operation Scorpion team, were sent out to locate them.

When they found the vehicle in Chorleywood, it was driven at them by Gunderman who ran over PC Oram, causing him serious injuries, as well as Denham who had got out of the Audi.

When Denham got back in the car, Gunderman drove off at speed and then attempted to steal a Porschen before getting back into the Audi.

Damon Denham, 27, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

They were arrested after colliding with a number of vehicles including a police car.

Chief Superintendent Bill Jephson said: "PC's Oram and Fraser responded to this incident as part of their routine work and had no idea they would be faced with such serious consequences.

"Yet despite being driven at and PC Oram suffering significant injuries, the two officers still gave chase which proves how dedicated our officers are in facing life threatening situations in order to prevent crime and protect the public and their bravery should be commended.

Gunderman was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison and will be disqualified from driving for five years.

Denham was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for the theft of the Audi.

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