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A brave member of the public from Chorley has narrowly escaped serious injury after being hit by a car and thrown over the bonnet and roof.

The 55-year-old man sprang into action after an alleged assault on a security guard at the Charnock Richard M6 northbound motorway services at around 3.45am on Sunday.

He says he followed them outside and made a note of the car’s registration number, but ending up being knocked over by the vehicle.

Supt Richard Robertshaw, of Chorley police, said: “Thankfully the injuries were minor, with just a few cuts and bruises, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that this was an extremely nasty incident which could have caused serious injury.”

Trouble erupted after four men lost a significant sum of money in the service station’s games room playing on fruit machines.

Eyewitnesses claim they began banging on the machines and were asked to leave by the security guard, but refused to do so. The guard took out his mobile phone in an effort to call the police, but it’s claimed one of the group threw the phone away and assaulted the worker.

At this point a member of the public ran outside to follow the group’s car but ended being knocked off his feet.

After being informed of the vehicle’s registration number, police were able to use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to track the car to Blackpool, and arrested three of the suspected offenders.

Supt Robertshaw said: “We’d like to thank the Good Samaritan who had the presence of mind and went to the trouble of making a note of the registration number and passed it on to police.

“Because of that, and the ANPR cameras, we were able to track the vehicle to Blackpool.”

He added: “We wish the man who was hit by the car a speedy recovery.”

Nobody from Welcome Break, which manages the Charnock Richard motorway services, or the security team wanted to comment.

* The 22-year-old driver of he car, who is from Blackpool, has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and possession of cannabis.

He is due to appear before Chorley Magistrates court on April 6.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and a 19-year-old man, both from Blackpool, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

They are both on police bail and due to appear at Leyland Magistrates’ Court on April 25.

Another man who was in the car has been released without charge.