Police driver hurt in crash

A police car span out of control and crashed into railings as its driver was answering an emergency call. .

A police car span out of control and crashed into railings as its driver was answering an emergency call.

The officer, who has not been named, was responding to a call for help from two colleagues when his car span across a pavement in Lowestoft town centre on Monday night and ploughed through a protective barrier.

The accident happened at just before 11.20pm in Wave-ney Road, less than a mile from Lowestoft Police Station.

Eyewitnesses described how the officer had to be released from the car through the driver's window because of the damage the vehicle had sustained.

He was taken by ambulance to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, near Yarmouth, where he was treated for back injuries, cuts and bruises but was later released.

Police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach said: “Police were called just before 11.20pm last night to a report of youths causing criminal damage in the Homefield Avenue area.

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“The first officers attended and located two suspected offenders and then called for urgent assistance to detain them. The vehicle that responded to this call collided with the fence on Waveney Road on route around 11.30pm.

“The single occupant of the car - a male police officer - was taken to the James Paget Hospital with back injuries and cuts and bruises but was later released. No-one else was hurt. An investigation will be carried out into the collision.

“A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man were both arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed to return to Lowestoft Police Station on November 3.”