Cut free after crash

The scene of the road traffic accident on Throston Grange Lane this morning.
The scene of the road traffic accident on Throston Grange Lane this morning.
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A SUSPECTED disqualified driver slammed into a lamppost and a tree after allegedly refusing to stop for police

The middle-aged man crashed a blue Hyundai Coupe in Throston Grange Lane, in Hartlepool, in the early hours of this morning.

Police had tried to pull over the car only moments earlier after suspecting the motorist was banned from being behind the wheel, but they say he refused to follow the order.

He came off the road near St David’s Walk at around 1.20am and the officers who were following him were quickly on the scene, followed by paramedics and firefighters.

The car was sliced apart to get the injured man out so he could be carefully lifted out and taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

The man, who escaped with minor injuries, is expected to be spoken to by police officers today.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “A blue vehicle made off from police and was involved in a crash.

“The driver, who was suspected to have been disqualified, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.”

A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Brigade added: “The car had come off a road and hit a lamppost.

“There was one occupant in the car and a paramedic was dealing with him at the scene.

“Due to his injuries, they requested that we extricated him from the vehicle so we cut the car away and used a spine board to get him to the waiting ambulance.

“The injuries did not seem that serious but it is always best to be on the safe side.”