Policewoman's family rush to Sydney

THE driver of a car that ran over a policewoman trying to break up a brawl in Sydney's nightclub district doesn't appear to have been at fault, police say.

The 27-year-old constable, whose family live in Byron Bay, was crossing Oxford Street in Surry Hills to stop a fight when she was hit by a white Holden Commodore station wagon about 2.40am yesterday.

She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition with head injuries.

The 34-year-old driver stopped and assisted the constable until her colleagues and paramedics arrived.

Central Metropolitan Regions commander, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, said it appeared to be an unfortunate accident.

He said the police- woman's family was at her bedside after flying from Byron Bay.

“It is one of those things that unfortunately happens with policing,” Mr Mennilli told reporters in Sydney.

“A police officer who saw something occurring. Unfortunately it was inappropriate behaviour by members of the public.

“She placed herself at risk to prevent that from happening and we're now in a situation which is in the intensive care unit.”

Police said the driver was interviewed and released without charge.

“The male driver from Lane Cove has fully co-operated with police,” Surry Hills local area commander Superintendent Donna Adney said in a statement. “His vehicle has been seized for forensic examination.”



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