This video shows the horrifying moment an uninsured driver ploughed into a brave policewoman in Hammersmith, sending her flying two metres into the air.
Michael Oluwafemi Adenibi was yesterday (Friday, May 8) jailed for two years for driving into the officer as she tried to get him to stop close to Hammersmith police station, in Shepherd's Bush Road, on October 2 last year.
Adenibi, of Pembury Close, Hackney, who was also driving without a valid licence or insurance, admitted dangerous driving and was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on March 19 of ABH (actual bodily harm).
PC Sue Thomson, who was knocked unconscious but remarkably suffered no serious injuries, told how she thought she was dying as she landed on the bonnet of a VW Polo before falling onto the road.
"I couldn't hear anything or see anything, and all I could hear was a loud ringing in my ears," she said.
"I was terrified. I thought that I had died. I was thinking about my nephew and how I wouldn't see him grow up or that I would never see my partner again. I thought of my Mum and Dad and how I had let them down as I promised that I wouldn't get hurt at work and how sad I was going to make them."
PC Thomson was diagnosed with severe concussion and had leg and hand injuries but was able to return to "the job I love" on restricted duties in mid-December.
However, she said her leg continued to give her pain and she still had trouble sleeping, having been tormented by flashbacks and nightmares since the crash.
The court heard how Adenibi was driving a red Ford Focus along Castelnau towards Hammersmith Bridge just after 3.30pm when police indicated for him to pull over at a checkpoint.
The unemployed 22-year-old initially appeared to comply before veering around the officers and speeding away up the wrong side of the road into three lanes of oncoming traffic.
His details were circulated over police radio, and an unmarked police car containing PC Thomson and two other officers stopped, blocking his path, as they saw him coming along Shepherd's Bush Road.
The officers got out and tried to stop the Focus, at which point Adenibi mounted the pavement, sending pedestrians jumping for safety, before rejoining the carriageway.
PC Thomson had moved to the front of her vehicle to try to get him to stop, but he ignored her orders and drove straight at her, travelling at 20 to 30 miles, according to police estimates. He was arrested that afternoon.
Chief Superintendent Gideon Springer, borough commander of Hammersmith and Fulham police, praised the courage displayed by PC Thomson.
"This was a serious and deliberate attempt to injure one of my officers to evade arrest and could quite easily have proved fatal," he said.
"PC Thomson is a credit to not only Hammersmith and Fulham police but the Metropolitan Police Service and this is a typical example of the courage and professionalism demonstrated by our officers in London on a daily basis."