A police officer investigating a road accident in Birmingham "ran for his life" when he had a gun pointed at him, the city's crown court heard yesterday.
The court was told the crash happened in Lancaster Circus in the early hours of the morning when one of two cars, which had been racing, crashed into the middle of a roundabout.
Clifton Mensah, who had been driving the vehicle carrying the gunman, was jailed for 18 months by judge Trevor Faber, after he had previously been convicted of dangerous driving and assisting an offender.
Sentencing him, the judge police sergeant Baber Anwar witnessed the accident and went over to speak to those involved. The policeman was then threatened with what has been described as an imitation firearm which saw the officer "run for his life."
Mensah (30), of Cromwell Street, Nechells, was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Tweed (28), of Duddeston Manor Road, Nechells was ordered to carry out a 200-hour community punishment order and was also banned from the roads for 18 months.