Senior Constable Luke Zannier was conducting speed checks on Orange Grove Road in Salisbury, in Brisbane’s south, and attempted to halt a car by walking onto the road, just before 6.30am.
The car, a white Mercedes sedan, allegedly drove directly at the officer and struck him before fleeing the scene.
Senior Constable Zannier is a father who has been in the police force for more than ten years.
He suffered serious injuries but is in a stable condition, and is recovering in hospital with his wife at his side.
Queensland Police Union Vice President Shane Prior has also visited Senior Constable Zannier and said initial tests are “really positive”.
“He has a little way to go but we are hopeful,” Mr Prior said.
Senior Constable Zannier is undergoing further medical assessment for his injuries, which have been deemed non-life-threatening.
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said police are on high alert to find the perpetrator, whom he hoped received “extreme punishment”.
“Every time our police go out there they put their lives on the line, it’s a dangerous job. We all take it very personally when they’re hurt or when someone attacks them,” Mr Ryan said.
Police have released video of a driver and passenger they wish to speak to, seen in a white Mercedes as the vehicle entered a takeaway drive-through.
The allegedly stolen vehicle was located abandoned in Wishart this morning.
Investigators are urging witnesses with any information regarding the man’s whereabouts, and for anyone who may have seen the white Mercedes sedan in the Wishart area between 6.40am and 6.50am this morning to come forward.
An incident command centre has been set up at Acacia Ridge in the effort to locate the driver.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said when she received a text about the incident this morning, it “took her breath away.”
“How we averted a tragedy this morning was just a miracle,” she said.
“We are quite certain who we’re looking for.
“I say to that person, if you’re watching me or any other police about this, hand yourself in, because it’s only a matter of time before we will find you.”
Anybody with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.