POLICE are hunting a crazed driver who tried to mow down a PCSO who suspected him of fleeing a petrol station without paying for fuel.
Officers took the rare step of naming the suspect they want to quiz over the attack, which left a 45-year-old police community support officer with cuts and bruises.
West Midlands Police said they believe Otman Massud, aged 25, aimed his car at the PCSO at the Tesco station on Warwick Road, Olton, at 2.45pm on July 21.
The PCSO suspected Massud had failed to pay for more than £60-worth of fuel and approached his silver Peugeot 406.
But the car shunted him off the bike, crushed it and left him pinned under the car, and the incident is seen as attempted wounding.
Investigating officer PC Andy Sweet said: “The driver collided with the bike, sending the officer flying, and then reversed back over the cycle. Luckily the officer got away without being seriously injured – but it could have been much worse.”
A Libyan national, Massud entered the UK in 2006 on a student visa. He is linked to Coventry addresses in Stoke and Hillfields and was studying at the city’s university until December last year but has not been seen since.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Massud or the car - registration R763 SWP – is asked to contact PC Sweet on 0345 113 5000 (ext: 7921 6943).