A driver has been jailed for 24 months for causing serious injury to an on-duty Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).
Shortly after 8.15pm on 4 October last year, Muhammed Hussain’s Kia Carens struck PCSO Rita Purkayastha as she was cycling along the A6 Leicester Road in Loughborough.
As a result of the collision, PCSO Purkayastha suffered serious head injuries, for which she is continuing to undergo rehabilitation at a specialist neuro-rehab unit.
Help was given by nearby members of the public until emergency services arrived and Hussain, 41 – of Toothill Road in Loughborough – was arrested at the scene.
A drug-wipe also identified a substance in his system – later found to be cocaine.
On 14 June, he pleaded guilty to one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of driving under the influence of drugs. Hussain also admitted driving without the correct insurance for his vehicle.
Today (Friday 19 August) he was also disqualified from driving for four years and must sit an extended retest.
Detective Constable Paul Hicks, from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU), said: “The fact Hussain got into his car that evening and drove while under the influence of drugs is proof that he had no regard for the safety of other road users.
“Unfortunately, his recklessness resulted in serious consequences and – ultimately – a period of imprisonment. We take a zero-tolerance approach to drug use I’d urge anyone else who thinks it’s okay to drive while under the influence to take notice of today’s outcome.
“Having spoken to Rita, I know she is extremely grateful to those members of the public who came to her aid, as well as colleagues who have continued to support her throughout her rehabilitation. We continue to wish her well and hope to see her again soon.”