A Croydon man has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker after a policeman was attacked following a multi-vehicle crash in Croydon on Thursday evening (December 10).

Police said Sunday (December 13) that 22-year-old Dylan Church, from Croydon, had been charged with assaulting an emergency worker, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

Church was arrested on Friday with another man after the van they were travelling crashed into several cars on Whitehorse Lane in Croydon after driving at speed through a red light.

A policeman on patrol in the area pursued the van after seeing it drive through the red light and subsequently crash.

On attempting to arrest the driver, he was attacked, leading to the arrest of Church and the other man a day later.

The policeman, an officer from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, was hospitalised by the assault but has since been discharged.

The other man, a 26-year-old, has been released "under investigation", police said.