A woman police officer 'narrowly escaped death' after dodging a military truck which rampaged through Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday.
A local resident and witness to the incident told the Wellington Weekly how the officer managed to avoid being hit by the rampaging vehicle by jumping into a coach house parking bay on Station Road.
Other residents told of their shock that the incident rocked the ordinarily 'quiet' village. One woman said" "We've never seen anything like it, we have been here for a year and never had a disturbance."
On Monday, September 11, some of the wreckage had been cleared but signs of the incident, which saw the truck smash through a police blockade, remained visible.
An address on the road was seen with its front garden wall completely destroyed. Elsewhere along the street a number of cars were damaged, a road sign had been knocked down, and an electrical box collided with.
Police have since arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. On Sunday police attended an address where the suspect was reported to be making threats, prompting him to flee in a military truck.
The suspect smashed his way through Norton, before making it to the A361 M5 overbridge where he clambered over the railings.
Quick thinking lorry drivers staged a swift response by parking their vehicles below the suspect, and were praised by police for ' offering to help with their lorries to safeguard a person in crisis.'
The suspect remains in police custody.