A man has been charged after he allegedly severed the leg of a policeman and seriously injured another as he ran through a random breath test site while using his mobile.
One of the senior constables was still fighting for life in Liverpool Hospital on Saturday morning after his leg was amputated, police confirmed.
The other senior constable – who suffered a ‘serious fracture’ remains in a stable condition, after the pair became trapped between two vehicles about 8.20pm in Leumeah, in Sydney’s west.
A 22-year-old man was charged on Saturday with dangerous driving offences, including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and using a mobile phone when not permitted.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
The driver – whose licence has been suspended – was not injured and was taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Speaking outside Liverpool Hospital, police commissioner Mick Fuller condemned the alleged acts of the driver, saying one of the officers is lucky to be alive.
‘Whilst it is easy to say that this is some sort of tragedy, it is clearly not,’ he said.
‘These are the actions of a driver that could have taken the life of any community member, but is aggravated by the fact that two officers were out on a Friday night trying to protect the community from this type of driving behaviour.’
A video of the scene showed a helicopter landing at the crash zone, with several police vehicles pictured in the surrounding area.
Another witness said police were operating mobile drug testing at the time of the incident.
The accident reportedly occurred near the Leumeah skate park in Leumeah, more than 50kms south west of Sydney.
Police revealed a ‘critical incident investigation’ had been launched and the crash would be ‘subject to independent review’.
‘A critical incident team will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident,’ a police spokesperson said.