During a police pursuit that began in Portrush during the early hours of Saturday morning, a police office sustained what is being described as a significant injury to his fingers.
It’s understood the injury occurred following the deployment of a police stinger.
According to the police, the officer remains in the hospital for treatment.
Inspector Ian Armour said: “Officers on patrol in the Crocknamack Road area of the town around 12.15am had signalled for a grey Volkswagen Passat to stop. When the driver failed to do so, a pursuit ensued around Coleraine.
“Officers deployed stinger devices at two locations before the Passat collided with a police vehicle.
“During the course of the incident, one officer sustained injuries which required hospitalisation and was unable to continue with their duties.
“The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences including driving with excess alcohol in his breath, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and failing to remain at and report an accident where damage was caused.
“A second man, aged 19, was arrested and streetbailed pending further enquiries.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has any dash cam footage, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 30 of 25/09/21.
“We are particularly keen to speak to a 20-year-old man who was in the area at the time as he may be able to help with our enquiries.”