Slough Express

Man, 34, jailed after driving into crew member


A Surrey man has been jailed for 16 months after deliberate­ly driving into an ambulance crew member.

Ajil Khawaja, 34, of Albert Drive, Woking, pleaded guilty to one count each of actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, drink driving, driving otherwise in accordance with a licence, and driving without insurance.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, February 3 to the prison term, and was also disqualifi­ed from driving for 44 months.

On January 3, Khawaja was driving erraticall­y in Beaconsfie­ld Road, Farnham Common, while under the influence of alcohol.

Concerned by the manner of his driving, an ambulance crew tried to stop him.

When one of the crew members approached the car, Khawaja purposeful­ly drove at him, which caused the victim to fly up the bonnet and windscreen and left him lying in the road.

The ambulance technician, a man in his forties, suffered minor bumps and bruises.

Investigat­ing officer, PC Richard Lunn of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Khawaja quite clearly was not fit to be driving and put others at great risk, and deliberate­ly drove at a paramedic.

“I am pleased that he will not be in a position to drive for some time.”

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