Police are appealing for the female driver of a car to come forward following an incident in Angmering yesterday (Thursday 14 June) in which a teenager was dragged along the road.
Officers were called at 12.24pm following a report that a young man had been found in Station Road with injuries. He also had his mobile phone stolen by the driver of the car, believed to be a grey Ford Mondeo Saloon.
On arrival, the victim - a 19-year-old local man - told officers that he had been walking towards the train station and was using his iPhone when he was stopped by a woman in her car who appeared to be upset and in distress.
She asked to borrow his mobile to call her husband, and because the victim was concerned about her he leant into the vehicle to pass it to her. He had his arm and part of his body inside the car as the woman started to dial the number, but she suddenly drove off at speed, dragging the victim along.
Inspector Beardwell, from the Worthing Response Investigation Team, said: “This young man was driven several metres along the road before he fell from the car and rolled along the road. He suffered severe cuts as a result of the incident.
“We are urging the woman responsible to come forward and make herself known to police. Extensive enquiries have already been undertaken to locate her and it will only be a matter of time before she is traced.
“This crime could have had far more serious consequences. As it is, the victim has suffered serious injuries and, understandably, is deeply traumatised by what has happened.
“This incident took place in broad daylight and it would appear that the woman, who was on her own in the car, had stopped and spoken to other people prior to it happening.
“If anyone has any information at all then we would ask them to contact police immediately on 101, quoting serial 0660 of 14 June. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
The offender has been described as white, in her late 20s to early 30s, of medium build, with long blonde or light brown hair. She wore dark coloured jeans and hoop earrings and spoke with a local accent. The car is described as a grey Mondeo, around a 53 plate.