Thank you for the kind messages about the welfare of our two police officers who were struck by a stolen Mercedes car in Littlehampton in the early hours of Monday morning.
The policeman remains in hospital and is due surgery on a broken shoulder, an arm and leg. His colleague, a policewoman, has been discharged from hospital after suffering two fractures and extensive bruising and is recovering at home.
A local man, who they had arrested for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs moments before the impact, also suffered fractures but has left hospital and been released under investigation.
Jack Robson, 20, unemployed and from Holly Drive, Wick, Littlehampton, was on Tuesday evening charged with a number of offences and has been remanded to appear before Crawley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning (25 September).
He has been charged with three counts of causing serious injury by driving dangerously, burglary, driving with no insurance, not in accordance with his provisional licence and with uncorrected vision.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “The officers had responded to a call about suspicious behaviour and had made a drug roadside check when they were struck. Suffering serious injuries, they have been incredibly brave and are being offered support for a speedy recovery.
“We all feel the impact when our colleagues are harmed as they work to keep the public safe. They do this selflessly 365 days-a-year and the public’s support means much to them.
“We continue to appeal for anyone who saw what happened or has any information to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Oxbridge.”