Man charged over Whitley police officer crash

PC Gareth Browning PC Gareth Browning is based at Loddon Valley police station

A man has been charged in connection with a crash in Reading that left a police officer critically injured.

Gareth Browning, 33, was on foot in Whitley on Saturday evening, when he was hit by a black Mazda Aerosport.

He remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital. His colleague was unharmed.

Luke Haywood, of Chagford Road, Whitley, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and vehicle theft.

He appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court earlier and was remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on 16 December.

A 31-year-old woman has been bailed until January.

Earlier on Tuesday police carried out a reconstruction of the incident at Lower Earley Way as part of their investigations.

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