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Policeman stable after being hit by car while chasing lorry driver

A police officer who was hit by a passing car while chasing a suspect is in a "stable and comfortable" condition in hospital.

The male officer suffered serious leg and chest injuries on the A5 near Lichfield, Staffordshire, after attempting to apprehend the driver of a lorry who had fled on foot following a police pursuit.

Staffordshire Police said the officer was injured near Weeford after being threatened with a fallen tree branch, causing him to step backwards into the path of a car.

The suspect, described as a slim 6ft white man, then carjacked a Ford Fiesta in a traffic jam.

The car was found abandoned near a social club in nearby Pelsall but officers have not traced the suspect.

A force spokesman said the incident happened at about 6.15pm on Tuesday following a short pursuit along the A5 between Wall Island and Weeford Island.

The spokesman said: "The police officer from Tamworth police station has been taken to hospital with suspected serious leg and chest injuries.

"His family have been taken to hospital and colleagues are providing support to them.

"The vehicles involved, including the Ford Fiesta stolen by the suspect to leave the scene, have been recovered and are undergoing a forensic examination."

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