A thug dragged a policewoman along the road from the side of her car

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A thug who dragged a terrified policeman down a dual carriageway from the side of his car has been jailed for nearly three years.

Father-of-two Marlon Joao, from Eynsham, near Oxford, was arrested by PC Joanna Halewood for driving the wrong way on the A419 in Gloucestershire on April 26 trying to flee after being chased by the police.

While initially cooperative, he became aggressive when denied permission to move his Vauxhall Insignia, grabbing PC Halewood’s arm, getting into his car and accelerating, dragging it a “short distance”, while hitting his patrol car.

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He appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on June 22, where he was jailed for 32 months.



PC Joanna Halewood feared for her life as she was dragged down the dual carriageway

Prosecutor Richard Tutt told the court PC Halewood suffered a small fracture to his left foot, which got stuck in the car.

She also suffered a thumb injury and is now considering her future in frontline policing.

In a personal statement of the victim, read in court, it was written: “At that time, I was very sure that I was going to be killed. I had no way of escaping and felt absolute terror.

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“I imagined my children in my head and thought I would never see their faces again. I have never been so scared as I was then.

By way of mitigation, Matthew Pardoe said his client suffered from PTSD and had “a deep-rooted degree of vulnerability”.



A map of the police chase
A map of the police chase

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The 40-year-old also wrote a letter to the court, in which he said: ‘I’m so sorry for my actions this time around, I’m so disappointed in myself.

“I understand how my actions have had a devastating impact, not only on the victim, but also on my children and my family.”

Joao was initially charged with attempted murder before that was dropped, where he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

He has also been banned from the roads for 28 months and before he can drive again he must pass a new extended test.

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