Police officer hospitalised after incident in Perthshire

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Police officer hospitalised after incident in Perthshire

A Scots police officer has been treated in hospital after his marked car was struck by an alleged runaway driver in Perthshire.

The crash happened on the A85 between Crieff and Comrie at around 9.30pm on Friday April 19.

A white Audi A5, which was being pursued by a  single-crewed police sergeant, was seen to collide with a barrier.

It was then driven into the side of the police car, which had pulled alongside the stricken vehicle, before making off from the scene.

The policeman was taken to Perth Royal Infirmary for treatment after suffering whiplash.

It is understood that he has since been released and is recovering well.

The 32-year-old driver of the Audi was traced a short time after the incident and has been charged with various road traffic offences.

He is expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court at a later date.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that a 32 year old man was arrested following an incident on the A85 in Comrie which happened about 9:30pm on Friday April 19.

“A white Audi A5 was seen to strike a barrier, then collided with a police vehicle and failed to stop.

“The car and driver were traced a short time later, and a police officer attended hospital with minor injuries.

“The arrested man was charged with a number of road traffic offences and was released from custody on an undertaking to appear at Perth Sheriff Court at a later date.”

 

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