THE police officer mown down by a dangerous driver in Evesham says the incident will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Michael Park was jailed for 10 years at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday after driving at PC Paul Buffery, knocking him down and causing him injuries to his head, legs and chest.

Park hit the officer so hard he left an impression of the Honda insignia on his leg.

The 46-year-old of Evesham Road, Cleeve Prior, was found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a road accident, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and using a motor vehicle on a road without insurance.

The incident happened at Oat Street, Evesham, on February 7 when PC Paul Buffery and a colleague were on foot patrol.

The officers saw Park, known as Bobby, driving a car and, knowing him to be disqualified, PC Buffery stood in the road indicating for Park to stop the vehicle and he purposely drove the vehicle at him.

Park was disqualified from driving for seven and half years and must complete an extended driving retest.

No separate penalty was imposed for driving without insurance and failing to stop.

PC Paul Buffery said: "Although I am saddened that this incident occurred and that this man meant me considerable harm for doing nothing more than my job, I am pleased with the result.

"I see the main part of my job as protecting my community and vulnerable people from harm.

"Although my level of injury was relatively minor compared to what it could have been it was still a very unpleasant experience which will stay with me for life.

"I was also away from work for four weeks as a result. I am sure in time the effects will lessen and I am looking forward to continuing my career and serving my community to the best of my ability.

"I am extremely thankful to the residents of Evesham for all the kindness and support they have shown to me. I am also most thankful to those public witnesses that attended the crown court to provide evidence and accounts which has allowed the jury to form a clear picture of events and allow this conviction to take place. I hope now to draw a line under the incident."

West Mercia Police Policing Commander for South Worcestershire, Kevin Purcell said: "Our officers work hard to protect our local communities and the most vulnerable from harm. PC Buffery is a dedicated officer who is well respected in the Evesham community and was deliberately injured whilst doing his duty to protect local people.

"I would particularly like to express my thanks to him for his bravery in trying to protect other road users from the risks presented by a disqualified driver, and to the members of the public who supported our investigation and helped us secure this conviction."