Officer suffers heart attack while chasing drug dealer

A traffic officer is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot.

Nov 3, 2017

A traffic officer is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest while pursuing a suspect on foot. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer remains in a “serious but stable” condition after chasing a suspected drug dealer in the early hours of Thursday morning (November 2). A spokesperson for the MPS said the officer had chased the man on foot after he had refused to stop and abandoned the car he had been driving. The suspect was arrested following the pursuit in Abbey Wood, south-east London. The spokesperson added: “At around 01.40am traffic officers in a marked police car signalled for a vehicle to stop. The vehicle failed to stop for police and made off. “Officers followed and a short while later the driver of the vehicle decamped and ran into Knee Hill Crescent, Abbey Wood, Greenwich SE2. “He was pursued on foot and arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police and possession with intent to supply class C drugs. “A police officer was taken ill with a suspected cardiac arrest. He has been taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.” The suspect was taken to a south London hospital for treatment, and then to a south London police station for questioning.

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