South Yorkshire man arrested after officers injured as vehicle rammed on M18

A South Yorkshire man has been arrested after two police officers were injured when their vehicle was rammed on the M18 motorway on Sunday.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:49 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:57 pm

Police said at 9.36am, firearms officers on routine patrol located a car which was stopped in a live lane between J1 of the M18 and the M1 link road.

On approaching the car, a grey BMW 3 series, the driver appeared to be unconscious.

Acting Inspector Tom Fisher said: “Officers believed the driver had suffered a medical episode at the wheel and therefore forced entry to the car. At this point, the car suddenly reversed and collided with the parked police vehicle.

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Two police officers suffered minor injuries after their vehicle was rammed on the M18 motorway.

“As a result, the two officers were forced into a live lane of traffic, before the vehicle left the scene.”

A short time later, traffic officers located the car again, stationary in a lane at J33 of the M1.

Again, it appeared that the driver had lost consciousness, but awoke on officers’ arrival.

The driver, a 45-year-old man from Doncaster, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, assault on an emergency worker and being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation.

The officers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries.

The police are now urging anyone who saw what happened at either location to please contact them with any information or dashcam footage.

They can call 101 or submit a report online using our new online portal or live chat.

Footage can be sent to to [email protected]