Police on hunt for thieves after officer injured

A POLICE officer had her leg pinned between two vehicles as she attempted to stop a group of car thieves early yesterday.

The drama began shortly after 4am, when police on patrol at Raceview spotted a stolen Ford Falcon, which had been linked to several traffic offences earlier in the night.

Police allegedly followed the vehicle from South Station Rd down to Swanbank Rd, where they noticed what turned out to be another stolen car - a grey Holden Commodore - driving at slow speed alongside the orange Falcon.

As several people jumped out of the Commodore and got inside the Falcon, the police crew tried to pull up next to the suspect vehicles.

Police said the female officer then became pinned between her own vehicle and the Commodore, which rolled forward at slow speed after being vacated.

The officer was treated for minor injuries, which police later described as soft tissue damage.

The police car also sustained some minor damage to the passenger side door.

Police were unable to catch up with the runaway Falcon, which was later found abandoned near Swanbank Power Station.

It was later confirmed that the Falcon had been reported stolen from a Brassall address some time after 8pm Monday, while the Commodore was stolen from Flinders View after 7.30pm.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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