A man was arrested in Bromley after fleeing the scene of a serious car crash before punching and biting police officers who were trying to restrain him, injuring five of them.

Met Police are now appealing for dashcam or mobile phone footage of the incident to help their investigation.

At around 5:25pm on Sunday, July 12, a silver Vauxhall Corsa collided with a green Fiat Punto and a lamppost on Bromley Road, according to police.

The driver of the Corsa then attempted to flee on foot, but was restrained by several officers from the Met's Territorial Support Group.

Officers were then punched and bitten by the man, and had to be put in leg restraints and a spit guard.

The suspect was then taken to hospital for treatment to injuries sustained in the car crash.

But even on the way to the hospital, the man continued to be aggressive, and even made racially aggravated comments.

Five officers were injured in the ordeal, suffering large cuts, bruising and scratches from the assault.

Police arrested him on suspicion of aggravated taking and driving away, drink driving, and a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act.

Detective Constable Alan Jones, from the Met’s South East Command Unit, who is leading the investigation, said: “I know members of the public were in the vicinity and will have seen this incident.

“Officers were attacked by someone who was trying to flee the scene of a serious collision and I am asking those who were present to send us in any footage they have. It will help our investigation and ensure that the person responsible for this faces justice.”

Anyone witnesses or anyone with any video footage should call 101 quoting CAD 6029/12Jul. Alternatively tweet @MetCC

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