A GUARDIA CIVIL officer, 38, was hit by a speeding vehicle while he was controlling traffic at an accident on the Ponent motorway between Palma and Andratx.
The German driver of the vehicle, who was travelling with his wife and three children, aged between 12 and 16, fled the scene but has now been remanded in prison.
According to witnesses, he was zigzagging from one lane to another attempting to overtake other vehicles and collided head-on with the officer, who was sent flying several metres. He also almost hit a second officer, who was able to move just in time.
A chase began immediately and the vehicle was intercepted in Cala Mayor, where the driver was also alleged to have attempted to escape by driving in the wrong direction.
According to police, the driver and his wife were both found to be drunk. The officer was attended at the scene then taken to Palmaplanas Clinic by ambulance with several injuries.