A police officer who was deliberately mowed down in a “heinous” hit-and-run incident has sustained serious injuries to his skull and brain.
West Midlands Police said the unnamed officer, who has been on the force for 25 years, also sustained a fractured skull and shattered knee after the horror crash.
The 48-year-old officer attempted to stop a Mini on Holbrook Lane in Radford, Coventry, on Wednesday at around 2.45pm.
The car then mowed the officer down, before speeding off from the scene.
The white car, with a 2010 registration plate, was found dumped around 500 metres away, before the driver fled on foot.
Detectives are seeking to recover CCTV footage in the nearby area and interviewing witnesses as they work “round the clock” to bring the offender to justice.
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The father-of-one, who is married, is being treated at University Hospital Coventry, where he is expected to remain for some time.
Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara said: “This is a very well-regarded and proactive neighbourhood officer, who has a number of commendations.
“He was doing his job in keeping Coventry safe when he has been deliberately driven at by someone who then made off from the scene.
“The officer now faces a long road to recovery, and we will do everything possible to support him and his family at this really difficult time.
“Our priority remains with the well-being of the officer, his family and his colleagues and we will stop at nothing to locate the offender and bring him to justice for this heinous crime.”
David Jamieson, West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said: “This incident is shocking, outrageous and truly devastating.
“My thoughts are with the officer, his family and friends at this time. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
“For one of our officers to be injured in the line of duty is completely unacceptable and I hope that the offender is swiftly found and bought to justice.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.