West Midlands Police (WMP) has launched an investigating after a police officer hospitalised after trying to stop a suspected stolen car in Wolverhampton. The incident happened at around 21.15 hours yesterday (Monday 16 November).
Officers spotted a grey Audi RS driving erratically on the Black Country Route and stopped the vehicle at the traffic lights located at the junction of Millfields Road and Manor Road.
As one of the officers approached the vehicle, it accelerated towards him, hitting him and hurling him across the bonnet before driving off in the direction of Bilston town centre.
During searches to try and find the vehicle, officers located the Audi abandoned on Mill Street at about 9.55 pm. The car was seized by the police for forensic investigations.
The injured officer, who was treated in hospital for injuries to his leg, has now been discharged from A&E and is continuing with his recovery at home.
WMP report that there were two men in the Audi. No descriptions of the males have been released. Investigating officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident or seen anyone leaving the Audi in Mill Street.
Detective Sergeant Louise Stafford of Force CID, said: “It is through pure good fortune that this officer was not more seriously injured.
“As an officer approached the car, they were deliberately driven at, and he has gone over the bonnet – the Audi then drove away leaving the officer on the ground.
“We’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have dash cam footage of the incident or who may have seen anyone fleeing from the Audi to contact us.”
Anyone with information can contact WMP online via live chat, or by calling 101, and quoting crime number 20WV/282593X/20.
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