Driver is arrested for attempted murder after two police officers were hit by a car in Essex 

Two police officers are mowed down by driver who mounted grass verge as man, 26, is arrested for attempted murder

  • Car failed to stop at check point then mounted a grass verge and hit officers 
  • Man, 26, is in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and assaulting officer 
  • Suspected of driving while unfit through drink or drugs and dangerous driving 

A driver has been arrested for attempted murder after two police officers were hit by a car in Essex. 

Two officers were injured when they were hit by a car during a stop check operation.

The vehicle failed to stop at the check point, then mounted a grass verge and hit the officers, one who reported being dragged to the floor and run over.

One officer was also punched in the face by the driver after the crash as she tried to arrest him but she managed to detain the man following a short chase on foot following.

A 26-year-old man remains in custody. He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder, assaulting a police officer, driving unfit through drink or drugs, dangerous driving, fail to stop when directed and resisting arrest following the incident in Chafford Hundred, Essex on Tuesday night at 9.15pm.

Chief Inspector Richard Melton, Essex Police’s District Commander for Thurrock, said: ‘Fortunately, our officers were not seriously injured and they have been discharged from hospital.

‘Specialist officers have been carrying out welfare checks with them ahead of their return to work.

‘A man continues to remain in custody for serious offences and we would like to hear from anyone who any information or footage that can assist us in our enquiries.

‘No officer should ever be assaulted during their job, helping to keep communities safe, and anyone looking to cause them harm will be arrested and dealt with accordingly.’

Police are now appealing for witnesses and information. Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to call Grays CID on 101 quoting incident 1191 of 14/01.

You can also report information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.