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Hit and run Pc relives his ordeal

THE Aldershot policeman mown down in a hit and run incident spoke of his ordeal this week.

THE Aldershot policeman mown down in a hit and run incident spoke of his ordeal this week.

Pc Mike Spencer, 27, was hit by a blue Ford Orion in Camp Farm Road following a routine stop for a suspected motoring offence at about 9.30pm last Thursday.

He was knocked unconscious and left lying in the street for a passing motorist to find about half an hour later.

Pc Spencer, who has four awards for bravery, was taken to Frimley Park Hospital where he was treated for concussion and stitches to his arm and face.

It will be at least two weeks before he can return to work and even then only for light duties.

Asked how he was feeling, Pc Spencer said on Tuesday: "Not too bad. Sore all over, bruised, and lucky.

"I was released (from hospital) on Saturday, but the effects of concussion can last seven days, and I'll have to go back in two weeks to have the stitches taken out.

"It depends really on the doctors advice as to when I can return to work properly."

Detectives have no idea why the driver reacted in the way he did when Pc Spencer stopped him for a suspected motoring offence.

When he walked to the front of the Ford the driver suddenly accelerated, knocking Pc Spencer off his feet and over the bonnet.

He said: "I banged my face on the windscreen, but was unconscious by the time I hit the floor.

"I don't remember falling off the bonnet or anything else until I was in hospital.

"It wasn't until Friday morning that they (doctors) were happy I hadn't broken my neck."

And doctors believe the body armour Pc Spencer happened to be wearing prevented far more serious damage to his back.

All he can remember of the incident is that a white man was driving the car.

Police are following several lines of inquiry in a bid to find him.

However, they are renewing their appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Ch Insp Neil Sherrington said: "It is a bit surprising that only one car came along during the 25 minutes or so that Mike was unconscious, but you hope anyone would have stopped if they saw someone in a fluorescent jacket lying in the road. It could just be that no cars used the road in that time. It is a quiet road."

"This sort of episode illustrates just how officers can be faced with any situation in the course of their normal duties, how a routine stop can turn into a serious incident.

"We don't know why the individual felt the need to take this action.

"We need to speak to that person to find out why they did that and, clearly, the person can still put forward their mitigation."

He added: "It may be that the car is a shared use vehicle and someone may have noticed damage to it.

"They would not want to be associated with this incident and we would ask them to come forward."

Now Pc Spencer is looking forward to meeting the motorist who stopped to help him.

He said: "I don't know who it is yet but I will find out who it was and speak to them myself because I want to say thank you very much."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aldershot CID on 0845 0454545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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