Police officer hospitalised after being struck by fleeing driver

Author
Belinda Feek, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 2 Aug 2020, 1:31PM
A Waikato police officer was injured after being hit by a vehicle. It's understood he was laying road spikes at the time. Photo / File
A Waikato police officer was injured after being hit by a vehicle. It's understood he was laying road spikes at the time. Photo / File

Police officer hospitalised after being struck by fleeing driver

Author
Belinda Feek, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 2 Aug 2020, 1:31PM

A Waikato police officer has managed to escape serious harm after being hit by a vehicle.

While details of the incident in Huntly remain sketchy, the Herald understands the officer was injured while laying road spikes on Great South Rd as police sought a fleeing vehicle.

The incident is believed to have happened in the North Waikato town about 1am today.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Kris Clarke confirmed an officer had been injured in an incident in Huntly.

However, the details were not yet clear, including about the vehicle that struck the officer.

She did confirm the officer involved was recovering at home.

He had initially been treated for injuries at Waikato Hospital but had since been released.

A St John Ambulance spokesperson confirmed they were called to a job about 1am.

Three ambulances and one manager was sent to the scene.

Two patients were taken to hospital; one was in a serious condition, the other had moderate injuries.