Suspected drink-driver ploughs into police car
Two police officers made a miraculous escape when their patrol car was hit by a suspected drink-driver with such force it left the vehicle without doors.
The two officers were on a routine early morning patrol in Dudley, West Midlands, when a 44-year-old driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence, smashed into the police-spec Vauxhall.
One policeman managed to limp from the mangled wreckage and arrest the suspect while the officer remained trapped in the passenger seat at the scene.
Fire fighters were called in to cut through the twisted wreckage and eventually freed the stricken officer.
Both policemen were taken to a nearby hospital but neither is believed to have sustained serious injuries.
The Daily Mail reported that the drink-driver smashed into the patrol car with such force "the doors were blown off," but West Midlands police has not yet confirmed whether the doors were removed by fire fighters or were in fact a result of the collision.
The suspect, from Dudley, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving but has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, West Midland Police's force incident manager, told the Birmingham Mail: "Both officers were extremely lucky not to suffer more serious injuries.
"They were on a routine patrol when the collision happened. The driver of the other car had lost control of his vehicle and the end result could have been far worse. "
The force later posted an image of the smashed-up vehicle that showed its boot has been crumpled beyond recognition, the rear bumper removed and the doors wrenched from their frames.