Teenager arrested after BMW careers into lamp-post in Lowestoft

The scene of the crash at Bentley Drive, on the Parkhill estate, in Lowestoft, with the damaged lamp

The scene of the crash at Bentley Drive, on the Parkhill estate, in Lowestoft, with the damaged lamppost. Picture: SUPPLIED. - Credit: Archant

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of four offences after he allegedly fled the scene of a crash in Lowestoft.

Police and the East of England Ambulance Service were called to Bentley Drive, near to Rodber Way on the Parkhill estate in Lowestoft about 8.50pm last night (Wednesday) following reports of a single-vehicle road traffic collision.

A black BMW convertible car had careered through a lamp-post and it ended up about 100m further down the road, after the driver had allegedly lost control of the vehicle.

Witnesses described how the driver and his male passenger had 'a lucky escape.'

The front seat passenger was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston amid initial fears he may have suffered 'potentially life-changing injuries' according to police, but he was later discharged from hospital after treatment.


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The driver is alleged to have run off after the crash, and a 17-year-old boy was later arrested by police at his home in the town after 11pm.

A police spokesman said: 'A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and leaving the scene of an injury road traffic collision.

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'He has been bailed to return to police on August 20.'

After his arrest, the teenager was taken to the James Paget, where he received treatment for two broken wrists.

? Police are seeking witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the collision or the crash itself. Contact PC Lindow on 101.

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