Two police officers injured after being hit by BMW during New Year's Eve celebrations

1 January 2020, 12:18

The BMW on Broad Street, Birmingham
The BMW on Broad Street, Birmingham. Picture: WMP
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after two police officers "sent flying" after being hit by a BMW driver who failed to stop after being chased.

The pair were hurt when trying to stop a suspected dangerous driver in Birmingham city centre during a busy start to 2020 for West Midlands Police.

Officers patrolling the entertainment district on Broad Street at 4.30am spotted a grey BMW which police thought could have driven off after a crash in Gas Street.

Noticing the 320i M Sport model was stuck in traffic officers approached the car – but the driver swerved through traffic cones and sent two officers flying as he sped off.

The car became trapped after speeding off
The car became trapped after speeding off. Picture: WMP

A police spokesperson said back-up quickly cornered the car in Granville Street where it became pinned between a wall and roadside railings as the driver made a desperate bid to evade capture.

A 22-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two PCs, dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

One of the officers suffered an ankle injury while the other suffered grazes to his head and arms from the fall.

Superintendent Jack Hadley, said: “Thankfully neither officer was seriously hurt – but when a car speeds off while officers are trying to stop the driver it can have very serious consequences.

“It was one of many incidents during a busy start to 2020 for officers across the force area.”

West Midlands Police said their call handlers took a total of 2,666 calls for help from members of the public between 7pm last night and 7am this on New Year's Day, including more than 2,000 emergency 999 calls.