On video: Cop hit by stolen car, chases suspect

LONDON -- Many people in Britain are calling Constable Dan Pascoe "Robocop," thanks to a dramatic pursuit that was caught on tape.

The car smashed into Pascoe's cruiser as he was getting out of it, sending him flying in the air, but he was still able to get up and run after the driver of the stolen car, who by that time was running away.

Pascoe got close enough to taser the suspect, and colleagues made the arrest.

Pasco was little-the-worse-for-wear, escaping with just cuts and bruises and was only out of work for a few days.

He described the incident to "Early Show" co-anchors Chris Wragge and Erica Hill.

"I don't remember too much of it," he said, "because I didn't see the car coming, which was probably the biggest problem. All I heard was a very loud bang and the next thing I knew I was in the air, looking down at the ground."

When did he first realize he might be in some trouble?!

"That would have probably been when I was in the air!" Pascoe responded.

Once he landed, Pascoe says, his police instincts kicked in, and the foot chase of the suspect began.

When he finally saw the video, Pascoe told Wragge and Hill, it was "quite shocking. ... I'm quite lucky to be in one piece, let alone alive."

To see the entire interview, and the tape of the incident, click on the video at the top of this story.

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