The flick knife narrowly missed the officer’s left eye and was perilously near to the main artery in his neck. PC Reid said he came close to being “blinded or killed”. He added: “I could have lost my sight. There was a scratch mark on my carotid artery. If I had not flinched through instinct, that could have been game over.”
The married father of three suffered two eight-inch wounds to his face which needed 15 stitches. He will be scarred for life.
He said his wife will “always see the scars on my face which will never go away”.
Jefford admitted grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 10 years.
He hid in his cell rather than face the brave officer he disfigured across a court room.
The thug had what a judge described as a “drug-fuelled, uncontrollable, violent rampage” in a residential street in Derby when he attacked PC Reid in October 2019.
The officer and a colleague went to investigate reports of a robbery.
PC Reid was trying to handcuff the thug when he pulled out a knife and attacked him.
Jefford, of no fixed address, initially denied causing GBH to PC Reid, claiming he did not intend to wound the officer.
But he later pleaded guilty to the charge, as well as robbery, and was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court.