Arrest after cop injured in crash

05-2538-1 AW 271005'PC Coetzee

05-2538-1 AW 271005'PC Coetzee

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A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a collision left a Mansfield ‘supercop’ seriously injured.

An investigation was launched after Pc Diederik Coetzee was hit by a vehicle as he cycled along Blidworth Lane, near Rainworth, while off-duty at 6pm on Friday.

The motorist drove away from the scene, leaving the 54-year-old at the side of the road seriously hurt.

Mansfield South beat Pc Coetzee was hailed as a ‘supercop’ and ‘Robocop’ in national news coverage in 2005 for having a record arrest rate.

Last night investigating officers announced a man had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of a collision, and failure to report a crime.

Yesterday Pc Coetzee’s condition was still described as ‘critical but stable’.

Nottinghamshire Police also said ‘hundreds’ of messages of support from the public have flooded into the force for Pc Coetzee and his family since the collision.

Along with a surge of goodwill from colleagues in the force, the switchboard at Headquarters in Arnold has had calls of support from the public.

Said phone operator Martin Sharpe: “We have been inundated with calls from people wanting to pass on get well soon messages to Diederik.

“It is extremely heart-warming to hear them. He is obviously a very popular man and people are very worried about him.”

To free up call operators, the public are being asked to direct their messages to Pc Coetzee and his family to fhqpro@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

People can also add well wishes to the Nottinghamshire Police Facebook page.

Said Det Chief Con Chris Eyre: “Local officers are providing support and regular updates to Pc Coetzee and his family at this very difficult time.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with them.”

Pc Coetzee followed up his 2005 achievement by making 404 arrests in 2006.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision are still asked to contact the investigation team on 101 ext 800 2225 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.