A police officer is in hospital with serious leg and chest injuries following a pursuit near Whittington – his family have been taken to his bedside.
It seems he stepped backwards into the path of a vehicle when the man he was chasing grabbed a tree branch and threatened him with it.
The suspect then hi-jacked a car and fled.
The chase began around 6.15pm, on Tuesday (Nov 29), after the Tamworth-based officer tried to stop a heavy goods vehicle (HGV).
There was a short pursuit along the A5, between Wall and Weeford islands.
The wagon stopped and the driver got out. The officer immediately set off after him on foot.
Grabbed a weapon
But the suspect grabbed a branch and turned on his pursuer. It seems when the officer tried to back away from danger he stepped into the road and was hit.
Then the suspect dragged a driver out of a silver Ford Fiesta caught in the resulting traffic jam and stole the car to make his getaway.
The vehicle was found later abandoned in the Pelsall Social Club car park. It is now being examined by Staffordshire Police’s forensics team.
An urgent plea has been issued for help in catching the suspect, who is described as white, slim, around 6ft-tall and wearing black clothing.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to ring 101, quoting incident 583, of November 29.
People can also call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.