Officers were contacted by concerned members of the public on Tuesday evening, who said they saw a car driving erratically and running red lights on Stamfordham Road, Westerhope.
Police attended the scene and located the subject vehicle parked in the drive-thru area of a McDonald’s.
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But when two officers approached the car and knocked on the window, the driver started to walk away.
Police said that on leaving, the driver rolled over an officer’s foot, backed up in the car behind, and then continued on to the second officer, who managed to jump out of the way and avoid d ‘to be bumped.
The police suffered only minor injuries, but an investigation was immediately opened to locate the vehicle and its occupants.
And, in the early hours of Thursday morning, detectives arrested two men, aged 19 and 24, on suspicion of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm.
They remain in detention for the time being and are assisting the police in their investigations.
Northumbria Police Detective Paul Young said: “This was a very serious incident and we are grateful that our officers suffered only minor injuries. They both recovered, but we know the outcome could have been very different.
“Driving a car on any pedestrian is a dangerous and reckless thing and our investigation is continuing.
“I want to make it clear that we absolutely will not tolerate violence in any form whatsoever against our officers. ”
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the police through the “Tell Us Something” page of their website or by calling 101 citing the newspaper NP-20210928-1126.
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