Two police officers were injured after their vehicle was rammed a number of times in Newry late last night (Saturday).
A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.
Shortly after 11:20pm, it was reported that officers approached a man who was standing beside a white Peugeot van in the Castlekeele Estate area. The man then got into the vehicle and, as police pulled up behind the van, the driver reversed at speed and collided with the police vehicle a number of times causing damage to the vehicle.
Inspector Porter said: “One of the officers got out of the vehicle and approached the van and at this point the driver drove at the officer who had to take evasive action to get out of the way. Two officers received minor injuries during the incident.
“The driver attempted to make off on foot from the scene, but was arrested a short time later. He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance and various other related motoring offences. He remains in police custody at this time.
“Our police officers work tirelessly at all hours of the day and night on behalf of the community to keep the community safe. This type of behaviour is dangerous and reprehensible and it needs to stop.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist us with our enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference of 1887 03/04/24.”
Alternatively, a report can be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport . Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org .