A man has been jailed after attacking a Sussex Police officer, leaving her with a severe head injury and short term memory loss.
Adrian Taylor, 52, of Terrace Road in St Leonards, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to ABH following the incident in the town last year.
Taylor had attacked PC Jo Seabridge after she attempted to arrest him on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, and punched her repeatedly to the head, knocking her unconscious at one point.
Following the assault, the victim was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, and had to be signed off work for four months.
She has only returned to work now on light duties.
“My head injury has been a big problem for me as I have headaches and short term memory loss, and it’s made it difficult to do my job.
“It’s been hard to come back and just be in the office.
“I know some people say this is just part of the job of being a police officer but it’s not.
“He didn’t just resist arrest but punched me until I was unconscious.”
On the night of the incident, PC Seabridge attended The Ridge where she first encountered Taylor, who was suspiciously touching a car parked in the car park.
She encouraged him to catch the bus home, but then later saw him again walking back along The Ridge.
Police said he was drunk and began shouting abuse at PC Seabridge, and then started to resist when she tried to arrest him.
He elbowed the victim, before hitting her on the head, knocking her to the floor, and punching her repeatedly to the head.
Two members of the public came to her aid, managed to pull Taylor off her, and she was able to arrest him after she came to.
PC Seabridge added:
“I would personally like to thank the two men who came to my aid as I am truly grateful for their actions on that morning.
“Without that intervention, my injuries would have been far worse.
“This was investigated thoroughly, regardless of who the victim was, but it sends a positive message that Sussex Police will not tolerate serious assaults on their officers.”
The two members of the public have been given chief constable’s commendations for their bravery in helping the officer.
Taylor was originally charged with GBH with intent, but pleaded guilty to ABH.
He was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on April 7.