Five arrests have been made after a police officer was hospitalised having being ‘run over’ by suspected burglars trying to evade police in a stolen car.
Police said the female officer suffered leg injuries requiring hospital treatment after police investigating the break in were ‘rammed’ in the early hours of this morning.
The incident happened after police were called to a house on Knowlmere Street in Accrington at around 1.20am this morning following reports of a burglary.
Police said offenders broke into a house and assaulted one of the occupants, a man in his 40s, before stealing a flat screen television and car keys to a Rover.
The car was taken from outside the house and the victim was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with head injuries.
Patrols were then made of the area and officers soon located the Rover car on nearby Ramsbottom Street.
Police said the Rover ‘rammed’ two police cars and two police officers were knocked to the floor by the open door of the car.
The Rover then ‘ran over’ one of the female officers, causing her to suffer cuts, bruises and an injury to her leg.
She was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment, but has since been released.
The other officer sustained minor injuries and continued with his duties, police confirmed.
The Rover was later recovered on Belgarth Road.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said following ‘extensive police enquiries’ five people were arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in custody
A 29-year-old man from Accrington was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
A 19-year-old woman from Accrington was arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal.
A 23-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of burglary of a dwelling with intent to steal, driving a motor vehicle dangerously and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A 17-year-old boy from Haslingden was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and driving a motor vehicle when above legal alcohol limit.
A 24-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A police investigation is ongoing and officers are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information that could assist with their enquiries to contact them on 101.