Man charged in connection with incident involving PC - Reading

04/12/2013

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with a number of offences in connection with an incident, which occurred in Reading on Saturday night.

Luke Haywood, aged 28, of Chagford Road, Whitley, Reading has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent to evade arrest, dangerous driving resulting in serious injury, and aggravated vehicle taking.

Ruth Bowskill, Temporary Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Luke Haywood.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man with a number of offences.

"The charges relate to a road traffic collision (RTC), which occurred on Lower Earley Way West, Reading at around 5.30pm on Saturday, 30 November 2013, where PC Gareth Browning was seriously injured.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Haywood was remanded in police custody to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court this morning, Wednesday, 04 December 2013.

PC Gareth Browning remains in a critical, but stable condition.