AN ATTEMPTED murder investigation has been launched after a car hit a Rugby police officer on Monday night (November 6).
At 11.36pm, the officer and a colleague were called to a report of suspicious activity in Scots Close as part of a burglary operation. They arrived to find a Silver Volkswagen Golf outside a house.
The officers got out of their car and as one of them approached the Golf, it drove into him at speed.
Two other people then ran from a house, got into the car and drove off towards Dunchurch.
The officer, who is based at Rugby Police Station, was treated at the scene by paramedics for injuries to his face and legs and is now recovering at home.
Detective Superintendent Steve Quinn said: “He was extremely lucky to not have been seriously injured or worse.
“Our main line of enquiry is that the vehicle was driven deliberately at the officer.
“This type of incident shows the dangers our officers face every day and the risks they take to protect our communities.
“We’re asking for help from the public to identify the driver of the vehicle and the other two suspects who fled the property. They are dangerous individuals and it is vital we locate them as quickly as possible.
“We’re keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw the vehicle leaving the scene.”
Call police on 101, quoting incident 460 of November 6, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or on 0800 555 111.