A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill a police officer after a car chase in east London.

Met Police officers attempted to stop a car which reportedly had cloned plates in Gants Hill at 1.40am today (November 9).

The car was pursued by police along the A12 after allegedly failing to stop, a Met spokesperson said.

The vehicle was stopped near New Spitalfields Market in Leyton and an officer attempted to detain the driver. 

But police allege the driver of the vehicle then reversed into the officer, who had to be taken to hospital after sustaining leg injuries. 

Ilford Recorder: The driver has been arrested on suspicion of a long list of offencesThe driver has been arrested on suspicion of a long list of offences (Image: Google Maps)

They are not said to be life-threatening or life-changing.

A drugs dog found drugs in the vehicle. 

Chief superintendent Simon Crick said: "Every day officers across the Met go out and put themselves in danger to keep the people of London safe.

"Nobody should expect to be assaulted at work and we will always take action against those who commit such offences."

He added that the force will support the officer in his recovery.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, failing to stop, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, and possession with intent to supply drugs. 

The two passengers of the car, aged 21 and 22, were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.