Jail for getaway driver who hit security guard

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A SECURITY guard was propelled into the air as he tried to stop a thief speeding away from a hardware depot.

Brave Phil Wisby was hit by a Ford Focus car driven by Dean Timberlake.

He had placed two traffic cones at the car park exit of B&Q in Watford in a bid to stop Timberlake, 33, who was the getaway driver for a man who had stolen power tools from the store.

Prosecutor David Chrimes told St Albans Crown Court that rather than stopping on the morning of Friday, April 15, Timberlake accelerated.

Mr Wisby suffered cuts and bruises all over his body and a knee injury that left him unable to work for three days.

Before hitting the security guard, Timberlake, of The Crescent, Abbots Langley, had reversed the car at PC Daniel John forcing him to jump out of the way.

After hitting Mr Wisby, Timberlake drove on striking a Honda Civic car and then hitting another two vehicles.

He was arrested at the scene but his accomplice who ran off has not been caught.

Timberlake pleaded guilty to theft, causing actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, failure to stop for police and three counts of criminal damage. He asked for three offences of shoplifting to be taken into consideration. One of those was at the B&Q store the previous day. He had 13 previous offences.

Defence barrister Tony Stanford said Timberlake had been in the “grip of a Class A drug addiction.”

In court on Friday, Recorder Jonathan Goldberg QC, said: “This was a very bad case of dangerous driving. It was an appalling series of incidents. Phil Wisby bravely tried to block your exit. You took no notice and deliberately hit him sending him flying in the air.

“It is good luck and not good management that you did not kill someone that day.”

He was jailed for a total of 33 months and banned from driving for four years.