A police sergeant impaled his leg on a metal spike as he chased suspected burglars in Worcestershire.
Two men were seen leaving Droitwich Spa Cricket Club in Church Lane in the early hours of Saturday when the officer and his colleagues gave chase.
The officer's leg became impaled as he pursued them through an "overgrown location", police said.
He removed his leg from the spike as another officer gave him first aid. A man was later arrested.
The man, aged in his 20s, was arrested close to Church Lane and was later released on police bail.
The officer was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital where he continues to receive treatment to non life-threatening injuries, police said.
Supt Garry Higgins, from West Mercia Police, said: "This was a serious incident in which an officer suffered injuries while attempting to capture a suspected burglar.
"The officer remains in hospital where he is making a good recovery and he has asked me to pass his thanks on to his colleagues, the fire and ambulance staff who helped him and members of the local community who have sent him their best wishes."