Jade Simms, 36, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years after the horror. The mother-of-one was being questioned over the plates with the driver’s door open when she drove off – knocking over PC Ross Kennedy and leaving him with “painful” cuts and bruises.
Sentencing Simms at Inner London Crown Court today, Judge Witold Pawlak said: “This assault occurred when a police officer, acting entirely correctly in the course of his duties, having noticed the false plates on a car, approached you in order to speak to you about the false plates and what you might be up to.
“He was speaking to you with the driver’s door open in order to ascertain what exactly you were doing and you then decided to reverse your car, knocking him down with the open door causing him various injuries in order to escape – as in fact you did.
“What you had in the boot of your car which you did not want him to see, we shall never know.
“But I reject your story of using false plates in order to disguise your car so that your ex-partner would not notice or recognise you or your car when you were keeping secret observations on him or – as the jury did – that you feared some sort of attack from the officer and you were defending yourself.
“The offence of actual bodily harm, aggravated by the dangerous driving and the fact that the officer is of course an emergency worker, entirely justifies immediate custodial sentence – however that would be a disaster for your 12-year-old child and for that reason only the sentence will be suspended.”
The defendant was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and displaying false plates after a trial last year.
The court heard PC Kennedy attempted the traffic stop in Crystal Palace, south London, in September 2019.
Despite making multiple requests for Simms, a delivery driver, to get out of the car, she refused and drove into him before fleeing the scene.
Distressing footage of the incident was tweeted by Southwark Police after Simms’ conviction in which she can be heard asking the officer: “Why are you trying to put handcuffs on me?”
PC Kennedy is heard to reply: “Because you’ve got two number plates on this car and I need to find out why.”
The clip then shows Simms repeatedly refusing the officer’s requests before driving her car into him, leaving him on the floor.
The force said in the tweet: “PC Kennedy made multiple requests for Jade Simms to get out of the car – she then drove into him leaving him with painful cuts & bruises, but fortunate not to have been more seriously injured. Assaulting & endangering officers working hard to keep London safe is unacceptable.”
He said Simms could not afford to pay hefty court costs or compensation to the officer – who had asked for £249 to cover the cost of “scuffed boots and a lost helmet”.
Simms, from West Norwood, south London was also given a £50 fine and disqualified from driving for one year.