Man arrested after police officers are injured in Southend chase

A man has been arrested after an incident in which a police officer was dragged by a moving car while attempting to stop the driver.

Officers had followed a Toyota Auris after it was reported to be uninsured.

One officer approached the car when it came to a stop in Southchurch Road, Southend, shortly before 3.30am today, Sunday August 16.

He attempted to remove the keys from the ignition, but the driver drove off, dragging him a short way.

Officers followed the Toyota to Withypool. As they got out of their vehicle, the Toyota reversed, knocking one officer over.

It drove off and a stinger was used to bring it to a stop in Eastern Avenue.

The driver, a 40-year-old man from Shoeburyness, was arrested on suspicion of assault, dangerous driving, failing to stop when directed and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He remains in custody for questioning.

The two officers suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Southend CID on 101 quoting incident 269 of August 16.

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Mick Ferris

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