Hit and run driver who critically injured police officer sentenced to 15 months in jail
Hit and run incident last November sparked major investigation by Nottinghamshire Police
A motorist who left a Nottinghamshire police officer nicknamed ‘Robocop’ with critical injuries when his car struck him as he cycled to the gym has been jailed for 15 months.
PC Diederik Coetzee, who acquired his nickname after he hit national headlines in 2005 due to the number of arrests he made on his beat in Mansfield, still needs round-the-clock care at home, where he is continuing his recovery from injuries sustained in the incident last November.
Last month, Mitchel Graham, aged 26, the driver of the car involved, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to dangerous driving, failing to stop after the incident, and failing to report it. As well as receiving a 15-month prrison sentence, he was also banned from driving for 6 years.
The incident in Blidworth Lane, Mansfield, left PC Coetzee, originally from South Africa, with severe head injuries and sparked a major investigation from Nottinghamshire Police as they attempted to track down the culprit.