A POLICE officer “deliberately” mowed down by a driver in a horrific daylight hit-and-run suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee.
Married dad-of-one PC Christopher Burnham was attempting to stop a Mini to identify the driver in Coventry yesterday when it smashed into him.
The 48-year-old was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and is expected to remain there “for some time”.
West Midlands Police today gave an update on PC Burnham’s condition as they revealed they are still hunting for the driver.
They said the officer, who has been on the force for 25 years, suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee.
Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara, in charge of policing in Coventry, said: “Chris is a very well-regarded and proactive Foleshill neighbourhood officer, who has a number of commendations.
“He was doing his job in keeping Coventry safe when he has been deliberately driven at by someone who then made off from the scene.
“I’ve spent time with Chris and his wife in hospital today and it’s clear he now faces a long road to recovery. We will do everything possible to support him and his family through this really difficult time.
“I’ve also spent time with Chris’ colleagues, and they have been left shocked and upset by what’s happened.
“But our officers come together at trying times like this to offer support and comfort to each other and remain determined to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
“Our priority remains with the wellbeing of the officer, his family and his colleagues and we will stop at nothing to locate the offender and bring him to justice for this heinous crime.”
Pictures released from the scene yesterday showed a white Mini with a shattered windscreen left abandoned.
Officers are now trawling for CCTV, and are appealing for anyone with dash cam footage of what happened to come forward.
STRING OF POLICE ATTACKS
The horror came after a string of attacks on police officers in the UK – with a cop run over on the A27 in Sussex, near the Brighton and Hove Albion football ground yesterday.
And a man yesterday appeared in court after he allegedly drove a stolen Mercedes into two cops, leaving them seriously injured in West Sussex.
In August, PC Gareth Phillips, 42, was left for dead after being hit by Mubashar Hussain, 29, in the stolen vehicle in Moseley, Birmingham.
The 42-year-old West Midlands Police officer suffered head and pelvic injuries with Hussain pleading guilty to the attack.
PC Andrew Harper last month became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty since PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
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The 28-year-old was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle while responding to a burglary in Berkshire.
He was due to go on honeymoon with his new wife, Lissie, 28, who he had been married to for just four weeks.