TWO men have been arrested after a police officer sustained chest injuries from a stolen car in west Belfast.
It is believed the officer was crushed against another vehicle when he tried to open the door of the stolen car.
The incident happened in the Suffolk Inn car park on Suffolk Road at about 3.10 am on Saturday morning.
Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been arrested arrested for questioning about the incident.
The officer was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The area around the car park has been sealed off as police carry out a follow-up operation.
A PSNI spokesman said a silver Renault Megane, which is believed to have been stolen, failed to stop for police on the Andersonstown Road at about 2.50 am.
The officer was hurt about 20 minutes later, when the vehicle was located on the Suffolk Road.
Police said they believe the incident is linked to an earlier hijacking of a red Vauxhall Corsa in west Belfast.
At about 2.10 am, a motorist driving the Corsa slowed down to check on a man who appeared to be lying injured on the ground on Locan Street.
As he did so, he was forced out of his car and two men got into his vehicle and drove off towards Beechmount Avenue.
The stolen Corsa was later recovered in the Hannahstown Hill area.
Police have appealed to anyone with information about either incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.