Policeman suffers head and leg injuries after being mown down by wMini

Policeman suffers head and leg injuries after being mown down by white Mini he was trying to stop in horrific hit-and-run smash

  • Neighbourhood officer, in his 40s, hit in Holbrooks Lane, Coventry, at 2.45pm
  • White Mini abandoned nearby and had smashed light and cracked windscreen
  • Driver fled on foot and is being sought by officers from West Midlands police 

A thug driver is being hunted by police after an officer was mown down in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Coventry today. 

The neighbourhood officer, in his 40s, suffered head and leg injuries after being hit when he tried to stop a white Mini in Holbrooks Lane, Coventry, at 2.45pm.

The car left the scene but was dumped 500m away and the driver fled on foot.

A thug driver is being hunted by police after an officer was mown down in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Coventry today

Pictures show the white Mini with a 2010 number plate with a smashed front light and a cracked windscreen.

The injured policeman was rushed to University Hospital in Coventry on blue lights. 

Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for a police officer to be injured in the line of duty.

The neighbourhood officer, in his 40s, suffered head and leg injuries after being hit when he tried to stop a white Mini (pictured after it was dumped 500 metres away) in Holbrooks Lane, Coventry, at 2.45pm

Police closed a section of the road and officers were seen earlier this afternoon behind the cordon

‘He has been taken to hospital for treatment and we await further updates on his injuries.

‘We will be offering the officer and his family our full support.

‘Enquiries are well under way to trace the driver and I would urge them to do the right thing and come forward.’

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘One ambulance and one paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

‘On arrival they found a road traffic collision between a car and a pedestrian.’

The crash comes after a string of high-profile attacks on police officers last month.

Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for a police officer to be injured in the line of duty’

Debris were pictured on the road near the scene of the hit and run, which saw a policeman needing to go to hospital with head and leg injuries

The hit and run comes after a string of high-profile attacks on police officers last month 

PC Gareth Phillips, 42, was left for dead after being hit by Mubashar Hussain, 29, in the stolen vehicle in Moseley, Birmingham, on August 10.

The West Midlands Police officer suffered head and pelvic injuries with Hussain pleading guilty to the attack.

PC Andrew Harper became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty since PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in 2017.

The 28-year-old was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle while responding to a burglary in Berkshire. 

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