Arrested man hits police officer with skateboard and escapes

Ashburton Road Image copyright Google

A police officer was hit over the head with a skateboard by a man he was arresting for setting fire to a car.

The sergeant saw the man starting the blaze in Dartington, Devon, at 05:00 BST and was struck as the suspect escaped, police said.

A helicopter and dog team tracked a 28-year-old man to the garden of a nearby house and he was taken into custody.

The car fire in Ashburton Road was put out by firefighters from Totnes and Paignton.

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