Police officer injured during Sandwell arrest

A police officer suffered a broken ankle before arresting a suspected drug dealer in Old Hill.

He was injured as a 22-year-old local man resisted arrest after being pulled over in a car on Halesowen Road shortly before 9pm on Saturday night.

Police had been investigating a suspected drugs deal from a vehicle in Addenbrooke Court and tracked a Renault Clio into Lawrence Lane and then Halesowen Road where it was stopped.

Officers said the suspect was verbally abusive, resisted attempts to handcuff him and, during a struggle, the officer fell against railings causing the fracture to his ankle.

The officer needed an operation to insert pins into his leg, which will stop him being able to walk for 10 weeks. But he was able to make the arrest first.

The 22-year-old, from Old Hill, was released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Inspector Jim Munro from Force CID said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the struggle in which the officer was injured and also anyone who saw any suspicious activity at Addenbrooke Court around 8.30pm that evening.

“Despite his injuries the officer still managed to make the arrest. He is now recovering in hospital after an operation to insert pins in his leg. He is unlikely to be able to walk on it for at least 10 weeks.”

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said on Twitter:

To help call the Sandwell Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

 

 

Inspector Jim Munro from Force CID said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the struggle in which the officer was injured and also anyone who saw any suspicious activity at Addenbrooke Court around 8.30pm that evening.

“Despite his injuries the officer still managed to make the arrest. He is now recovering in hospital after an operation to insert pins in his leg. He is unlikely to be able to walk on it for at least 10 weeks.”

The 22-year-old, from Old Hill, was released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sandwell Investigation Team at Force CID on 101 or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.