Tiler tried to mow down police officer believing he was under attack

Josh Stevenson had been issued with a threat to his life a couple of weeks before committing the offence in Glasgow.

Tiler tried to mow down police officer believing he was under attack SNS Group

A man tried to mow down a police officer while thinking he was under attack.

Josh Stevenson, who had been issued with a threat on his life, attempted to hit constable Graham Anderson with his Audi in Glasgow’s Cambuslang on April 21, 2020.

The 26-year-old tiler also collided with a police car while officer Alan Fletcher was inside.

Stevenson later shouted at them: “I didn’t know who you f***ing were, I have got an Osman warning.”

Stevenson pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to two police assaults and careless driving.

He was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work at Thursday’s sentencing.

Sheriff Shona Gilroy also imposed eight penalty points on his driving licence.

She told him: “What concerns me is you continue to say it was the fault of the police for overreacting and causing your injury. You need to reflect on that.

“I am told how important your licence is to your work and in the circumstances, I can allow your licence to return but the penalty points take you to the cusp.” 

The court heard Stevenson was spotted travelling at speed by officers in an unmarked police car at 11.20pm.

He momentarily appeared out of view before officers caught up with him near his home.

Prosecutor Sean Docherty said: “The driver appeared to be aware of police presence and increased his speed.”

Stevenson stopped his car as officers pulled in behind him.

PC Anderson exited the vehicle and shouted: “Police” and instructed Stevenson to leave his car.

Mr Docherty added: “He refused to get out and immediately drove backwards at speed.

“He drove slightly left like he was aiming the vehicle at PC Anderson who was at the driver’s door.

“He had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by Stevenson’s vehicle.

“The rear offside of the Audi collided into the near side of the police vehicle while PC Fletcher was still in it at the point of impact.”

Stevenson was then pulled from the vehicle where he then made the comment about his Osman warning.

He tried to resist arrest by tensing his arms, pushing and pulling.

Graeme Brown, defending, said: “Mr Stevenson did have a threat to life warning given to him by police a couple of weeks before this offence.

“He was on high alert for his personal safety and that’s why he was driving at excessive speed to his home address.”

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