A police officer has been deliberately knocked down in a “heinous” hit-and-run, leaving him with a fractured skull, bleed on the brain and a shattered knee, according to his force.
The 48-year-old West Midlands Police neighbourhood officer was injured as he tried to stop a Mini on Holbrook Lane in Radford, Coventry at around 2:45pm on Wednesday.
The Mini was found a short time after the incident and will be forensically examined.
CCTV footage is also being recovered as West Midlands Police works to identify the suspect.
The officer, who is married and has a son aged 10, has served with the force for 25 years.
He has not been named and “faces a long road to recovery” after sustaining head injuries and broken knee.
Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara said the “very well-regarded and proactive” victim has a number of commendations.
“Our priority remains with the wellbeing of the officer, his family and his colleagues and we will stop at nothing to locate the offender and bring him to justice for this heinous crime.”
The West Midlands police and crime commissioner, David Jamieson said: "This incident is shocking, outrageous and truly devastating.
"My thoughts are with the officer, his family and friends at this time. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
"For one of our officers to be injured in the line of duty is completely unacceptable and I hope that the offender is swiftly found and brought to justice."
Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.