Four PSNI officers have been injured following an incident in Jonesborough in south Armagh last night (Monday 17th August).
At around 23:45 hours, police on patrol on Finnegans Road were alerted to a silver Ford Transit van owing to how the vehicle was being driven.
As officers signalled for the vehicle to stop, they were rammed by the van which then forced their police vehicle off of the road. Two officers sustained minor injuries.
As the vehicle continued to flee from the police, another unit located it on Finnegans Road and attempted to stop it.
But the driver of the van rammed the second police vehicle with such force that it was lifted off of the ground. The two officers who were on board were also injured.
The driver of the van, a 31-year-old man, was eventually stopped and was arrested on suspicion of several offences, including handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance.
District Commander of Newry, Mourne and Down, Superintendent Jane Humphries said:
“Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injuries sustained by our officers, they have been unable to return to duty today.
“We have also had to take two police vehicles off the road so they can be examined for road worthiness, which affects our service delivery.
“There is also the impact in terms of our officers and their welfare, as well as the cost of repairs to the vehicles, which is substantial.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident, or who captured footage, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference CW 2343 17/08/20
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