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A police officer was told she could have been left permanently disabled after a thief ran her over in a stolen car.

PC Amy Macaulay, 37, was knocked down by James Turner, 56, who was reversing a Nissan Juke Acenta in a bid to make a speedy escape.

She was left with serious bruising to the bones of her lower leg and foot, with doctors telling her she was fortunate that her ankle did not snap.

Shocking dashcam footage shows Turner reversing over PC Macaulay, who then manages to scramble to her feet and move away.

He then completes a hurried three-point-turn, smashing into the road’s railings and knocking off the vehicle’s bumper.

PC Amy Macaulay was dragged under the wheel of the car (Picture: East Anglia News Service)

The car was found smashed up and abandoned just moments later, while Turner was arrested the next day.

PC Macaulay and her colleague had tried to stop the Nissan as they believed it to have stole or false number plates.

The pair pulled up in front of the car at the traffic lights on London Road, Ipswich, on March 21, and PC Macaulay jumped out to speak to Turner.

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But the driver suddenly accelerated without warning and collided with the back of the police car, before going into reverse.

PC Macaulay was dragged under the vehicle’s front wheel as Turner accelerated and reversed once more, crushing her right leg and foot.

She said: ‘I had a bump to the head, and the side of my face started to bruise. I had a hip injury, whiplash and grazing to my arm.

‘Miraculously, my leg wasn’t broken but there was bruising on the bone. There is no doubt that, without my boots, I would have very little ankle left.

She was forced to take a month off work (Picture: East Anglia News Service)

‘It’s hard to describe, but every part of me ached. When I fell under the car, I was trapped with the wheel on my leg.

‘I remember looking up and pleading with him to stop. I thought, if he carried on, I wasn’t going to make it out of there.

‘In interview, he made little comment but to apologise and say he was just trying to get away.

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‘It was quite a deliberate act. It’s not often people try to hurt you. It’s been hard to come to terms with because I questioned if I’d done something wrong, but looking back, I know I didn’t.’

Doctors told PC Macaulay that if it were not for her police boots, she could have been left permanently disabled by the incident.

She was forced to take a month off work to recover.

Turner admitted four charges of aggravated vehicle taking, three of driving while disqualified and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Doctors said she was lucky her ankle wasn’t destroyed in the incident (Picture: East Anglia News Service)

He was jailed for two years at Ipswich Crown Court and banned from driving for four years soon after PC Macaulay returned to duty.

Superintendent Matt Rose, head of specialist operations for Suffolk Police, said: ‘Our officers are prepared to put themselves in danger, every day, to keep the county safe.

Anyone willing to attack them has no respect for the law, and no thought for anyone else.

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‘This driver recklessly decided to make a getaway with no thought for the safety of others.

‘Amy was very fortunate to be left with only bruises after being knocked to the ground and having her foot driven over.

‘We have an extensive welfare process in place to ensure officers get all the support they need.’

Suffolk Police Federation chairman, Darren Harris said: ‘The psychological and physical effects on our officers need to be reflected in sentencing.

‘We shouldn’t have to accept being abused as part of the job.’

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