Man arrested after police officer hit-and-run in Coventry

Police car and tape cordon

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer in a hit-and-run crash in Coventry.

PC Christopher Burnham, 48, was struck by a Mini he was trying to stop on Holbrook Lane in Radford on Wednesday afternoon.

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The married father-of-one suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee.

West Midlands Police arrested a 37-year-old man on Friday evening.

The car mowed the officer down, before speeding off from the scene on Wednesday at around 2.45pm.

The white car was found dumped around 500 metres away, before the driver fled on foot.

Critical condition: PC Burnham, 48, was struck by a Mini he was trying to stop in Radford, Coventry. (West Midland Police)

PC Burnham is described as "very well-regarded" by colleagues, and faces a "long road to recovery", Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara said.

He 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.”

He is being supported by relatives, his wife and 10-year-old son.