A man has been arrested after a police car was rammed several times in Coventry in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The car sustained heavy damage and three officers were injured in the incident, which happened in Hummingbird Avenue at around 1.30am.
West Midlands Police have said the Coventry incident followed disorder in Hummingbird Avenue.
There were reports of a fight at a property in the road, a motorist deliberately driving at people and someone armed with a knife.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We were called to Hummingbird Avenue at around 1.30am after a fight broke out at a house.
“There were reports of a motorist deliberately driving at people and suggestions someone was armed with a knife.”
The force spokesman added: “Our overnight response crews arrived minutes later but before they could step foot from the car they were rammed by a man driving a Transit van.
“Shockingly, they were rammed around seven times, the impact triggering the car’s airbags, before the driver reversed into another police car.”
“The driver tried making off but was cornered nearby and arrested.
“He’s been taken to hospital as it’s suspected he was under the influence of drugs and will later be brought to a police station for questioning.
“Three police officers – including two in the damaged patrol car – suffered neck and back injuries but thankfully were not seriously hurt.
“Our enquiries into the disorder continue.”
Earlier a West Midlands Police spokesman said it was not known if the incident was related to a breach of Tier 4 Covid restrictions.
The police have said the damaged car could be a write-off.
The New Year celebrations proved a busy time for West Midlands Police as it was revealed that more than 700 calls were received reporting Covid breaches.
The most major breaches were in Birmingham and Wednesbury.
Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward said: “We received more than 700 calls last night from members of the public reporting suspected Covid-19 breaches.
“The vast majority were low-level breaches and, on the whole, officers spoke to people they encountered and moved them on.
“However, 20 fixed penalty notices were issued and some significant breaches found.”
The major breaches highlighted by West Midlands Polic e were a party being thrown at a flat in William Street in Birmingham city centre with up to 30 people attending.
The party organiser was fined for breaching Covid rules and several other people ordered to leave the flat and return home.
Officers were also called to a drive-through shisha lounge in Digbeth, where a number of vehicles and people had gathered. The organiser is set to receive a large fine.
Officers also discovered a large New Year’s Eve party being held at an address in Warner Road, Wednesbury. The occupants initially refused to open the door before around 50 people ran from the address.
The homeowner was spoken to by police officers and told he will be fined.
Assistant Chief Constable Ward added: “T he overwhelming majority of people welcomed in 2021 safely at home, protecting both themselves and others.
“Thank-you for your support and understanding. Let’s hope we can all be throwing legal parties later this year.”
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