Man arrested after two police officers injured in Birmingham

By Matthew Cooper, PA

Two police officers were hurt attempting to arrest a suspected dangerous driver following a collision in Birmingham’s entertainment district.

One officer suffered an ankle injury and another suffered grazes to his head and arms as they tried to stop a BMW 320i M Sport which swerved through traffic cones amid heavy traffic in the Broad Street area, at about 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

Back-up officers then cornered the car in Granville Street, where it became pinned between a wall and roadside railings.

The BMW became pinned between a wall and railings (West Midlands Police/PA)

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.

West Midlands Police 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 call-handlers took a total of 2,666 calls for help from members of the public between 7pm last night and 7am this morning, including more than 2,000 emergency 999 calls.