Two police officers who were fortunate to escape with their lives are in hospital after a four-wheel-drive rammed into their car before fleeing in central Victoria.
Police pulled over the vehicle, which was towing machinery, on Kyneton-Trentham Road, Kyneton, north of Melbourne, shortly after 3.30am on Tuesday.
When two police officers approached the male driver, he drove off, only to turn around and slam into the police car, before driving off towards Trentham.
The two police officers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police saw the driver and a passenger, but could not yet provide a description. The car is described as a 2002 silver Toyota Land Cruiser.
Sergeant Peter Johnston told radio station 3AW the police officers were hurt after the car, thought to be towing a stolen terrain vehicle, deliberately rammed into their vehicle.
‘‘The offending land cruiser conducted a U-turn, and intentionally ran the police vehicle ... off the road,’’ Sergeant Johnston said.
‘‘As a result of that, police members have received neck injures and cuts and bruising, but not of life-threatening nature.’’
In a separate case, police are hunting a man they believe tried to impersonate a police officer in Melbourne's south-east last month.
A 22-year-old Mill Park woman told detectives she was driving south along Glenferrie Road, Malvern, when a man stepped in front of her car and put out his hand for her to stop about 11.15am on Thursday, January 9.
He then walked to the window, and, in a severe stutter, told the woman she was going to be arrested because her car was not registered and demanded to see her licence.
The woman refused, told the man she was going to call the police, and drove off. The man turned away from the car, and walked along Glenferrie Road towards the Malvern police station.
He was followed by some of the victim's friends after she told them what had happened. The friends saw the offender walking along the police station driveway before he ran off.
The victim and her friends reported the matter to police.
The impersonator is described as fair-skinned, aged between 20 and 30, of solid build and about 165 centimetres tall with a brown-haired, partially-bald head.
He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt with a police logo, blue shorts and runners.
Police have released CCTV footage of a man they believe may be able to help with their investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.