A THUG who left a brave cop with life-changing injuries after mowing him down with his own police car is facing jail.
PC Gareth Phillips, 42, was left for dead after being hit by Mubashar Hussain, 29, in the stolen vehicle in Moseley, Birmingham, on August 10.
The 42-year-old West Midlands Police officer suffered head and pelvic injuries and remains in hospital after undergoing two operations.
Hussain today admitted grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest at Birmingham Crown Court today and will be sentenced on October 15.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicle theft, dangerous driving, two of driving while disqualified, two of assault, assault on an emergency worker, aggravated vehicle-taking, and two charges of having no insurance.
Co-defendant Ahsan Ghafoor, 24, admitted two counts of thefts of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving and will be sentenced on the same date.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
PC Phillips was responding to reports of a stolen car at around 4.45pm when he discovered Hussain behind the wheel of a Range Rover Evoque with Ghafoor in the passenger seat.
A scuffle erupted and Hussain was Tasered by the officer – but managed to break free and clamber into a police BMW parked behind the stolen car.
He sped away – mowing down PC Phillips as he frantically fled the scene before abandoning the car.
West Midlands Police confirmed the officer is now in a stable condition in hospital and is said to be “in good spirits”.
He received a visit from his beloved chocolate Labrador Diesel after gaining consciousness in a bid to boost his morale.
STRING OF COP ATTACKS
West Midlands Police Supt Tom Joyce said after the horror: “The messages from the public have been really uplifting; it’s times like these that hit home to people what a challenging role policing can be and that officers across the country are putting themselves on the line every day to protect the public.
“Working in policing and helping people in need is a hugely rewarding job but it comes with it inherent risks.
“Everyone at West Midlands Police is hoping the officer makes a full and swift recovery and our thoughts are with him and his family.”
The attack on PC Phillips was one of a string of high-profile attacks on police officers last month.
PC Andrew Harper became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty since PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
The 28-year-old was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle while responding to a burglary in Berkshire.
He was due to go on honeymoon with his new wife, Lissie, 28, who he had been married to for just four weeks.
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Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with PC Harper’s murder.
A week before the tragedy, PC Stuart Outten, 28, was stabbed in the head as he tried to stop a van in Leyton, East London but managed to Taser the suspects.
While in Northern Ireland, officers were “lucky to be alive” after being lured to a bomb blast on the border.