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20 June 2016, 09:09
A Hampshire Police officer left seriously hurt after dealing with a violent driver has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.
Constable Vikki Sharpe was on duty alone when she stopped a car which was being driven erratically on the M3 near Basingstoke.
She requested a breath test from the driver who then became aggressive and started struggling with her for some 15 minutes, with the officer trying to prevent them both being dragged onto the motorway, which could have been fatal.
As a result of the incident, PC Sharpe sustained a broken hand, damage to her ribs, back and shoulder pain and spent three months off work and was on sleeping tablets. She spent three months off work and this incident took its toll on her both physically and mentally.
John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: "PC Sharpe displayed courage, tenacity and commitment to duty in what was a prolonged and sustained attack. Being attacked at the side of a live motorway placed the officer in extreme danger, it was only the officer’s bravery, professionalism and luck which prevented this from turning into a tragedy.
Adding, "Police officers perform a difficult and dangerous job and it is never acceptable for an officer to be assaulted while working to protect the public."