A man who assaulted a police officer while resisting arrest has been jailed for around four years.

West Midlands Police officers were called to Cofton Park Drive off Lickey Road in Rednal on 31st October 2017 to reports of two men trying car doors.

Two police officers attended and came across the men, chasing them on foot. One offender was stopped and cooperated with the officer.

Liam O’Callaghan

However the other man – 30 year old Liam O’Callaghan from Quinton –struggled violently with the other officer. During the struggle the officer suffered a dislocated arm and fractured collar bone. The officer still suffers from his injuries and has since left the force.

O’Callaghan was stopped and arrested by a dog handler shortly afterwards, when a police dog got hold of his thigh.

Detective Constable Darren Lennox, of Bournville CID, said: “The officer was held in a choke hold, preventing him from breathing, and still has a lasting injury almost a year on. Sadly this was the last shift he ever worked as he took the decision to give up his role with West Midlands Police.

“The community has lost an officer with 15 years of experience under his belt and that is reflected in this lengthy sentence.”

O’Callaghan was sentenced to eight months for theft from a motor vehicle to run concurrently with 43 months for assaulting a police officer after pleading guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (20th August).

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