A police officer was "deliberately" hit by a suspected stolen Audi on the Black Country Route in Wolverhampton on Monday night (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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A police officer was left injured after being struck by a car and thrown across the bonnet.

West Midlands police said the police officer was injured while approaching the suspected stolen car in Wolverhampton at about 9:15pm on Monday night.

Officers spotted a grey Audi RS driving erratically on the Black Country Route and they stopped the vehicle at lights at the junction of Millfields Road and Manor Road.

One of the officers was walking towards the car when it accelerated towards him and sent him over the bonnet.

The car then drove off in the direction of Bilston town centre.

The officer is now recovering at home after being taken to hospital with minor leg injuries

The officer, who Detective Sergeant Louise Stafford said only through "pure good fortune" managed to escape the attack without more serious injuries, suffered minor leg injuries.

He was taken to hospital but has now been discharged and is recovering at home.

The Audi was later found abandoned on Mill Street at about 9:55pm and has been seized for forensic investigations.

The force is calling on anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have seen the Audi being abandoned to get in touch.

He was approaching the suspected stolen vehicle when it started accelerating towards him
(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Dt Sgt Stafford of Force CID, said: "It is through pure good fortune that this officer was not more seriously injured.

"As an officer approached the car, they were deliberately driven at and he has gone over the bonnet – the Audi then drove away leaving the officer on the ground.

"We'd urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have dash cam footage of the incident or who may have seen anyone fleeing from the Audi to contact us."