Two officers were hurt trying to stop a suspected dangerous driver in Birmingham city centre during a busy start to 2020 for West Midlands Police.
Cops patrolling in Broad Street at 4.30 am were alerted to a grey BMW that’s understood to have made off following a collision in Gas Street.
They tried to stop the 320i M Sport model as it was held up in heavy traffic – but the driver swerved through traffic cones and sent two officers flying as he sped off.
Police back-up quickly cornered the car in Granville Street where it became pinned between a wall and roadside railings as the driver made a desperate bid to evade capture.
A 22-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two PCs, dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.
One of the officers suffered an ankle injury while the other sustained grazes to his head and arms from the fall.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Jack Hadley, said:
“Thankfully, neither officer was seriously hurt – but when a car speeds off while officers are trying to stop the driver it can have very serious consequences.
“It was one of many incidents during a busy start to 2020 for officers across the force area.”
West Midlands Police call handlers took a total of 2,666 calls for help from members of the public between 7 pm last night, and 7 am this morning, including more than 2,000 emergency 999 calls.
A total of 2,060 999 calls were taken during that 12-hour period, with 98 per cent being answered inside just 10 seconds.
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