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Police officer injured after being run over by suspected car thief

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO
Published on August 10, 2019 - Duration: 00:51s

Police officer injured after being run over by suspected car thief

A police officer is in hospital with serious injuries after being run over by a suspected car thief.

West Midlands Police said the officer is being treated for head and pelvic injuries following the incident in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.

The force said a man, who refused to provide any personal details, had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said the traffic officer was in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, tracing a Range Rover Sport which had been stolen minutes earlier from a woman.

The force said that as the officer attempted to arrest the suspect at about 4.45pm, he was violently assaulted and punched to the ground.

He was then run over by the suspect as he got behind the wheel of the officer's marked patrol car.

West Midlands Police said it is understood the man drove the vehicle for around a mile into Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, where he abandoned it and tried to steal another car.

Back-up officers, including armed police, cornered the suspect, who was Tasered and arrested.

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