Cops escape serious injury after smash with drink-drive suspect

Dudley News: An Injured police officer had to be cut free from his damaged vehicle. (Picture from West Midlands Police) An Injured police officer had to be cut free from his damaged vehicle. (Picture from West Midlands Police)

COPS in Dudley had a lucky escape after a suspected drunk driver smashed into their patrol car.

Despite being involved in the crash, which happened at the junction of Smithy Lane and Tansey Green Road, the injured officer at the wheel of the police car got out and arrested a 44-year-old man at the scene.

The incident took place at around 2.40am on April 19 when a Volkswagen Golf mounted the pavement before hitting the West Midlands Police response vehicle.

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, West Midlands Police force incident manager, said: “Both officers were extremely lucky not to suffer more serious injuries.

“They were on a routine patrol when the collision happened. The driver of the other car had lost control of his vehicle and the end result could have been far worse.

“I want to remind everyone to think carefully before getting behind the wheel - there is absolutely no excuse for driving while drunk.”

More cops and officers from West Midlands Fire Service were quickly on the scene and the second officer was cut free from the damaged police car.

Both officers cops were taken to hospital, neither suffered serious injuries.

The man arrested on suspicion of drink driving has been released on police bail.

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