The neighbourhood police officer run over by a car he was trying to stop in Coventry has thanked the public for their support, after being released from hospital.
PC Chris Burnham was struck by a Mini in the Holbrooks area of Coventry at around 2.45 pm on 25 September.
PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years and is married with a 10-year-old son, was left seriously ill in hospital with a fractured skull and a shattered knee.
The 47-year-old spent a week in an induced coma but was discharged last week to continue his recovery supported by his family at home.
His wife said today:
“Chris and I would like to thank colleagues and all the members of the public who have offered support and sent messages of goodwill since the incident.
“Most importantly, Chris would like to express thanks to all members of the NHS who treated him.
“Without their support, his recovery would not be as good as it is.
“My son and I are supporting Chris at home now. He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him.”
PC Burnham at home | Pic Credit: West Midlands Police
Ch Supt Mike O’Hara, in charge of policing in Coventry, said:
“We’re so happy for Chris and his family that he’s been able to return home sooner than expected.
“All of our thoughts are with him, and he’ll have the full support of all of us over the months ahead.”
Tekle Lennox, of no fixed abode, has been charged with attempted murder, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
The 37-year-old has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Warwick Crown Court on 31 October.