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Arrest after PSNI officer dragged and thrown from car

The PSNI posted this image from Tuesday night’s patrol in Newtownstewart night on social media shortly before an officer was injured.

Police have detained a teenage driver after an officer was dragged and thrown from a car in Newtownstewart on Tuesday night.

The male police officer sustained a number of cuts and bruises to his head and body as a result of the incident.

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He was hurt after PSNI on patrol in the town stopped a Honda car in the Mourne Park area at around 11pm.

As police spoke to the driver, he sped off, dragging one of officers along the road for a distance before he was thrown off.

Other officers on patrol in the area noted the car a short time later in the Old Castle Road area. It was forced to a stop and the suspect was arrested.

The 17-year-old remains in custody on Wednesday on suspicion of a number of motoring offences.

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