THE POLICE officer left seriously injured when he was struck by a car he was trying to stop in Coventry has returned home.
PC Chris Burnham was put in an induced coma by doctors after he was struck by a Mini in the Holbrooks area of Coventry at around 2.45pm on 25 September.
His family thanked the public for their support following his release from hospital.
West Midlands Police said: “PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years and is married with a ten-year-old son, was left seriously ill in hospital with a fractured skull and a shattered knee.
“The 47-year-old spent a week in an induced coma, but was discharged last week to continue his recovery supported by his family at home.”
His wife said today: “Chris and I would like to thank colleagues and all the members of the public who have offered support and sent messages of goodwill since the incident.
“Most importantly, Chris would like to express thanks to all members of the NHS who treated him.
“Without their support, his recovery would not be as good as it is.
“My son and I are supporting Chris at home now. He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him.”
Ch Supt Mike O’Hara, in charge of policing in Coventry, said: “We’re so happy for Chris and his family that he’s been able to return home sooner than expected.
“All of our thoughts are with him and he’ll have the full support of all of us over the months ahead.”
Tekle Lennox, of no fixed abode, has been charged with attempted murder, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
The 37-year-old has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Warwick Crown Court on October 31.