Detectives investigating serious injuries sustained by a police officer in an incident near Lichfield have released new images – and admitted that he may not be able to return to “the job he loves”
The 39-year-old officer is still recovering from serious leg and chest injuries he suffered on the A5 on November 29.
Detective Inspector Dan Ison said the policeman had attempted to stop a suspicious heavy goods vehicle at 6.15pm following a short pursuit along the A5 between Wall Island and Weeford Island.
When the lorry stopped and the driver got out of the vehicle, the officer pursued him on foot.
DI Ison said: “The man confronted the officer, threatening to harm him with a fallen tree branch, and this resulted in the officer stepping back towards the carriageway where he was involved in a collision with another vehicle.
“We’re issuing these images and making a fresh appeal to the public to help us find these men. This serious incident has resulted in one of our officers being hospitalised and as a result of these injuries we don’t yet know if he’ll be able to return to work as a frontline officer and do the job he loves.”
After the incident the suspect then approached a Ford Fiesta that was stationary in traffic on the carriageway and pulled the driver from the vehicle. The car was later found abandoned near to a social club in Pelsall.
The suspect is described as being a white male, well built, around 6’ tall and in his late 20s, wearing a black jacket with a hood and black baseball cap.
A second suspect got out of the passenger side of the skip lorry and ran across fields at the side of the A5. He is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, around 5’11” tall with a round face, small eyes and facial hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and a dark beanie style hat rolled up above his ears.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 583 of 29 November 2016 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.