Police use Taser after motorist assaults officer following crash in Sheffield

A Taser was fired at a motorist who assaulted a police officer following a crash in Sheffield.

Monday, 17th June 2019, 7:09 am
Updated Monday, 17th June 2019, 6:09 pm

South Yorkshire Police said the device was ‘deployed’ after the driver of a black Skoda Fabia ploughed into a white transit van and a Volkswagen Polo on Southey Avenue, Southey, on Saturday night.

The van and VW were parked on the street when the crash occurred.

Firefighters called to the scene said the Skoda was being followed by a police car at the time of the smash.

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In a statement issued by South Yorkshire Police today, the force said that a police officer who attempted to help the Skoda driver after the crash was ‘assaulted’ and a Taser was then deployed.

It is not known whether the Taser hit the motorist but he managed to flee the scene and is still on the run today.

South Yorkshire Police said: “Despite fearing serious injuries, the officer has attempted to help the driver of the Skoda, but has been assaulted and deployed Taser.

“The driver has then made good his escape.

“Fortunately, we have lines of enquiry to identify him.”