A police officer suffered a whiplash injury when his patrol car was hit by a suspected stolen car during a stop-and-search in Simonstone.
The dramatic incident occured in front of startled onlookers and motorists making their way home at 4-50pm on Friday.
A spokesman for Eastern Division Police said: “Three men travelling in a car in Whins Lane were stopped and questioned by police on suspicion of aggravated vehicle-taking. During the course of this, the car collided with a patrol car causing whiplash type injuries to the officer.”
The men aged 42, 35 and 30 are currently being questioned by police.