Public urged not to approach ‘violent’ wanted man John Rusty Stevens

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A POLICE officer was dragged along by a car when he tried to arrest the driver.

Hampshire Police are hunting John Rusty Stevens after they pulled over the vehicle he was driving north on the A3 near Petersfield, for a stop check.

Mr Stevens is a violent man and is wanted for several serious offences, including assaulting a police officer, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and the attempted theft of a motor vehicle

Detective Constable Jon Swift

During the check, Mr Stevens assaulted an officer. He then tried to drive off which resulted in the officer being dragged along with the vehicle. Officers managed to stop him again, but he repeatedly rammed a police vehicle, causing serious damage.

Police revealed today that two officers, a man and a woman, suffered minor injuries in the incident on May 26.

Mr Stevens finally abandoned the vehicle he was driving and made off on foot.

Police say they believe the 34-year-old then attempted to steal several vehicles in the area, before assaulting a milk delivery driver at about 3am the following day and stealing a Ford Transit Van.

This vehicle was subsequently recovered in the Guildford area.

Detective Constable Jon Swift said: ‘Mr Stevens is a violent man and is wanted for several serious offences, including assaulting a police officer, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and the attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

‘I would urge people not to approach him but to call us immediately if they see him.

‘We have been working hard to try and locate this man and are now appealing for the public’s help.

‘If you have seen him in recent days or know where he may be, please contact us as soon as possible.’

The incident happened at 8pm on May 26 and police have been unable to find him.

Mr Stevens is white, 5ft 10ins with brown hair and stocky. He’s known to have links to the Surrey and Thames Valley areas.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 999 if he’s in sight or 101 if you have information about where he maybe. You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.