PSNI: Man arrested after stolen car drove at police officers

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested following a two vehicle collision that occurred on the Caw roundabout in Derry just before 12.30pm today (Friday, February 5).

Police say that a grey Skoda Superb was stolen in a creeper burglary in the Lindenwood Park area in the early hours of the morning.

This car was later spotted by police just before 12.20pm. The PSNI says a police pursuit was in place when the stolen car was involved in a collision with another car. It is not believed that anyone was seriously injured in this collision, however two police officers who were on foot were injured in their attempts to get out of the way when the stolen car “drove at them”.

Another officer was injured when making the arrest. None are believed to have received any serious injuries.

Detective Inspector Conor McStravick said: “The 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, two counts of attempted murder of police officers, breach of bail and various road traffic offences. He is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the Skoda Superb in the area at the time or who may have witnessed the collisionto contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The Caw roundabout remains closed as 5pm this afternoon.

SDLP MLA for Foyle Gerard Diver told the ‘Journal’: “My first thoughts are with those who were injured and I hope they make a speedy recovery.

“I would also suggest those going home avoid the Caw roundabout during the rush hour period as PSNI investigations are expected to last some time and it seems that traffic delays will be inevitable.

“I obviously expect a full and thorough investigation into the causes of the collision and would appeal for any witnesses to come forward.”