Police attacked on A52 trying to detain suspects, with van driving into oncoming traffic

Police officers were bitten and punched while detaining three suspects after a dangerous driving spree involving a flatbed van driving into oncoming traffic, ramming one car and making another swerve into a ditch. The driver of the car that was hit by the truck was also assaulted after the collision at the Saxondale Island on the A52, at around 6.30pm yesterday (Friday). Response officers arrived to find the flatbed still being driven despite having collision damage and flat front tyres.

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Police stopped the vehicle and the three men inside it became aggressive and attacked the officers.

One of the officers was bitten on the arm and the other was punched during the incident. The officer who was bitten went to hospital as a precaution but the injuries to the officers and the driver who was attacked were not life-threatening or life-altering.

One man was detained at the scene and another two were found a short time later by other officers responding to an assistance call.

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A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, police assault, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving. A 41-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were each arrested on suspicion of assault and police assault.

Chief Inspector Steven O’Neill, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an incredibly dangerous incident with the suspect vehicle reported by a number of motorists as having been driven erratically, weaving dangerously through traffic and driving toward oncoming traffic.

“Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but it could have been a lot worse. “The assaults on the other driver and the police officers are also being treated extremely seriously. “Police officers come to work to keep people safe and for them to be assaulted while doing this is just unbelievable.

“Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and I hope this gives the public reassurance that we deal with incidents like this swiftly and robustly.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has dash-cam footage that may be helpful to the inquiry, is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 701 of July 9, 2021.