A police constable who was run over by a suspected car thief is facing “potentially life-changing” injuries and may not be able to return to front line duties, a senior officer has said.
The married 42-year-old traffic officer from West Midlands Police suffered a broken pelvis and head, abdominal and other internal injuries and will return to the operating theatre later on Sunday.
A 29-year-old man remains in custody after being detained on suspicion of the attempted murder in Moseley, Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said she was “appalled” by the “sickening attack” on the officer, who underwent surgery on Saturday evening.
Superintendent Tom Joyce said the overriding sentiment of all officers at the force is one of shock – adding that the culprit can expect to face “the full weight of the judicial system”.
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, who was carrying a Taser, attempted to arrest the suspect at about 4.45pm on Saturday, 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.