A teenager ran over and killed a police officer with a stolen truck in a “cowardly and merciless act”, Manchester Crown Court has heard.
PC Dave Phillips died in October when a pick-up vehicle mounted a central reservation in Wallasey, Merseyside.
Clayton Williams, 19, gave PC Phillips “no chance”, hitting the officer as he tried to stop the car with a tyre-puncturing device, the court was told.
Mr Williams claims he did not intend to injure the officer and denies murder.
The 34-year-old officer, a father of two, was deploying a stinger device to end a high-speed police pursuit.
He was responding with a colleague to reports of a burglary in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, in the early hours of 5 October.
Fellow officers tried to save PC Phillips’ life but he died shortly after arriving at hospital.
The trial continues.
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