A 29-year-old woman from Rothwell has been jailed after chasing a police car in which her ex-boyfriend was riding as he tried to leave their relationship. Michael Mowforth had requested assistance from the police in leaving their shared house.
Prosecutor Carmel Pearson explained that officers originally arrived at the property after Kirsty Hargreaves contacted them, accusing Mowforth of assaulting her. He was in police custody when Hargreaves rang the station to retract her allegations, saying she had made them up.
“He confided in officers that he wanted the relationship between him and the defendant to end”, said Pearson.
“He was upset in the police station and the police very kindly helped him and said they would take him to Leeds housing to see if they could find accommodation for him.”
On returning to the house, Mowforth told Hargreaves of his intention to leave.
“He told her and she became upset as predicted. There was a bit of a scene in the house where she tried to persuade him to stay. He asked officers to take him away, that’s when the driving began.” said Pearson.
It was as Mowforth was returning to the police station that the crash occurred when Hargreaves ran into the back of the police car as it went through a security barrier at Elland Road police station, leaving a female officer with chest injuries.
Anthony Sugare, mitigation on behalf of Hargreaves said: “All she was trying to do was to get to her boyfriend and try and persuade him not to leave her.”
“There has been an enormous love/hate relationship between them for a long period of time. I am told they are living apart but are still very close friends.”
Hargreaves admitted dangerous driving and assaulting a police officer. She was jailed for ten months and banned from driving for 18 months.
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