Police have arrested a man as part of their investigation into an incident outside TBC nightclub in Batley.
The incident happened around 4:41am New Year’s Day on Bradford Road, close to the junction with Hick Lane.
There was an altercation inside the club with a group of males which then proceeded outside the premises.
A 21-year-old male was then knocked down by a blue Mercedes and seriously injured.
This incident is being treated as a serious assault.
The blue Mercedes fled the scene but was later recovered by police.
Police have confirmed that the 21-year-old male victim is a serving member of HM Forces.
The victim is in a serious but stable and conscious state, talking to family at his bedside.
The full circumstances leading to the point at which the victim was struck by the vehicle are under investigation.
A 27-year-old man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion on section 18 wounding with intent.
Chief Inspector Ben Ryder, said: “We would like to reassure service personnel that police have no evidence that the victim has been targeted due to his service in the army, or that it is motivated by racism.
“We remain open-minded and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any further information to come forward to assist with our investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13190000498 or information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.