Saturday, September 18, 2021

Three police officers hit by car

ACT Policing is investigating an incident at the National Arboretum in which three police officers were struck by a vehicle this afternoon.

Police say that just before 3pm on Sunday, the trio were conducting a routine traffic stop of a vehicle on Forest Drive when a green Ford sedan collided with the officers on the side of the road.

One officer suffered a broken leg, one a back injury and another a shoulder injury.

The injured officers received treatment from ACT Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene. They were subsequently transported to hospital for further treatment, ACT Policing said in a statement.

Superintendent Corey Heldon said the incident will be thoroughly investigated, but reminded the community that driving a vehicle at any person is a serious offence.

“We are investigating whether the driver deliberately drove at police,” Superintendent Heldon said.

“Police being deliberately injured while they are doing their job is never acceptable.

“I am thankful these three officers are alive; however, one of them is seriously injured. The consequences of this incident could easily have been much worse..

“I ask anyone who saw this incident who has not spoken to police to do so as soon as possible, in order to enable us to fully investigate the circumstances.”

The driver of the Ford is in custody and assisting police with enquiries. 

Police are urging anyone who may have any information or dash-cam footage that could assist police to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131444. Please quote reference P1937015.

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