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Jail for man who attacked two police officers as they fought to arrest him

A knife-carrying attacker who repeatedly punched two armed police officers as they fought to detain him was arrested and jailed.

Jacob Carter was spotted with a folding knife in his clenched hand as he grappled with an officer on the ground.

The dramatic incident unfolded after the officers were alerted to an uninsured vehicle in Bulwell at around 12.50am on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

After seeing the car on Moor Bridge the officers turned to follow it, before it sped away along Bestwood Road.

The car, driven by Carter, reached speeds of around 60mph and travelled on the wrong side of the road as it was driven towards Bestwood Village.

After completing several high-speed circuits of The Square it then crashed into a parked car and several men fled from inside.

The officers chased on foot and confronted the 31-year-old in the back garden of a nearby property.

After shouting a challenge to officers he immediately launched a flurry of punches, forcing one to fall over a wall and striking the other in the head multiple times. Once Carter was brought under control a folding style knife was recovered from the scene.

Carter, of Britania Avenue, Old Basford, later admitted to charges of dangerous driving, driving without insurance, drink-driving, driving without a licence, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and being in possession of a bladed article.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday he was jailed for three years and three months.

Neither of the officers or the suspect were seriously injured.

Inspector Rob Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police’s operational support team, said: “Carter is a violent thug who seemingly believed himself to be above the law. After leading police on a dangerous pursuit he then launched a ferocious attack on officers who did an absolutely brilliant job in bringing him under control safely.

“They used all their training and experience in a volatile situation to choose the appropriate level of force to bring this suspect under control.

“Tasers are effective devices that were introduced to help officers deal with incidents like this – minimising the risk of serious harm to suspects and themselves. As this incident shows, in the right hands they can bring highly dangerous situations to a very swift conclusion.”

Taser – or conducted energy devices – are not routinely used in Nottinghamshire and are carried only by officers who have been specially trained. Armed officers carry the devices in addition to their firearms to give them an additional option.