Police car rammed at KFC drive-through
A police car has been rammed at the drive-through of a KFC restaurant in Melbourne's north.
Police from Mill Park first saw a man driving a vehicle carrying allegedly stolen plates in the Thomastown drive-through, at the corner of Dalton Road and Spencer Street, on Wednesday about 5.45pm.
Police could not say if the squad car was also in the drive-through at the same time. However officers were out of their car when the male driver rammed the police vehicle.
The man then fled on foot to a nearby block of homes. He remains on the run.
His passenger, a 33-year-old homeless woman, was charged with car theft and police ramming.
She is due to appear at Heidelberg Magistrates Court on Thursday.
No one was injured in the incident.
The male driver was perceived to be Middle Eastern in appearance, aged in his 30s, with short black hair and a beard.
He was wearing a grey T-shirt, black shorts and runners.
He was last seen running across Dalton Road into nearby properties along Rochester Drive and Darebin Drive.
Tougher penalties, including mandatory jail terms, came into effect last year for the offence of aggravated intentional exposure of an emergency worker to risk by driving.
Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt said rammings like at Thomastown physically and psychologically endangered members.
"Any attack on our members, be it through direct physical violence or car rammings, is unacceptable," he said.
"Our members put on the uniform and go to work to protect the community and too often are left fighting to protect themselves."
Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and are keen to speak to any witnesses.
Anyone with information or anyone with footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au