A MAN who was found with his penis cut off on the A66 is awake in hospital but police have been unable to question him.
The man, who was found early yesterday morning with serious injuries, had been put into an induced coma.
He is now conscious and police have visited James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, to quiz him about how he came about his severe injuries.
But they were not been able to glean much information from him and will return to try again later today or tomorrow.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Officers have visited him in hospital this morning but were unable to carry out a detailed interview.
“They hope to speak to him later today or tomorrow in a bid to establish exactly how he came by his injuries.
“Enquiries are ongoing and police would welcome any information which could help with their investigation.”
Police closed the dual-carriageway in Middlesbrough after officers were called to a man staggering beside the road and looking in bushes at 4.50am on Thursday.
The 40-year-old man, from a travellers’ site in the South Bank area of Middlesbrough, was found to have serious injuries to his groin area and was taken to hospital for surgery.
Police arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of assault. He has now been bailed pending further inquiries.
Sections of the A66 were shut as police carried out searches for the missing appendage.
Snyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.