MPS officer struck by vehicle in hit and run incident
A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer has been left seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle he was attempting to stop with a stinger device.
The incident occurred in Woodford, northeast London, in the early hours of this morning (January 6). The officer was treated by paramedics at the scene and was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. His injuries are said to be not life-threatening.
Officers had been pursuing the grey Mini Cooper, which was fitted with false numberplates, after it failed to stop in Chigwell Hill, near Saint Barnabus Road.
The injured officer, who is in his thirties, was one of a number who had positioned themselves near Gaynes Hill Road and the M11 overpass to wait for the vehicle and deploy a stinger device in an attempt to stop it.
The Mini sped away from the scene after it struck the officer and was found abandoned at about 12.45am in Chigwell. The MPS is continuing its search for the driver.
MPS Detective Sergeant Jose-Paulo Qureshi said the officer was “lucky not to have been killed”.
“The suspects fled the scene, despite knowing they had hit an officer, leaving him seriously injured in the road. We are working around the clock to find the people responsible,” he added.
No arrests have been made.