Daniel Perry 'rammed police car and injured officer'

Daniel Perry
Image caption Police said they were taking the "unusual step" of releasing a picture of Daniel Perry in a bid to catch him

A "prolific offender" is being hunted by police after a car chase ended when he allegedly rammed a police car and injured an officer inside.

Daniel Perry was pursued by officers for about four miles before he ditched the vehicle, leaving a female passenger to be arrested, and made off on foot.

He is wanted in connection with a string of burglaries and other related offences in north Leicestershire.

Police said they had exhausted all other efforts to catch the 34-year-old.

Officers had been searching for Mr Perry for about a month when he was spotted in the Whitwick area, near Loughborough, in a stolen car on Monday at about 20:00 BST.

'Very unusual'

A police spokesman said he refused to stop and was chased for about four miles to Shepshed where he rammed the pursuing car and damaged three other vehicles.

He ran off, abandoning his female passenger who has been arrested and released on police bail, the spokesman said.

Initially it was thought the impact broke an officer's arm but it was later found to be badly bruised.

Leicestershire Police said it had been difficult to find Mr Perry because he was "sofa surfing" and they are now appealing for reports of any sightings of him.

Insp Johnny Monks, force commander in Loughborough, said: "It is very unusual for us to release a picture like this.

"It is because he is a particularly prolific offender who has a complete disregard for the police."

But he was keen to stress he is not thought to be a danger to the public.

He is wanted in connection with offences in Loughborough, Shepshed, Hathern, Sileby and Coalville including commercial burglary, theft of a vehicle and thefts from vehicles.

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