A CYCLIST needed hospital treatment for head injuries after she was knocked off her bike in a hit and run in Hartlepool town centre.
The silver BMW sped off after hitting the 39-year-old at the junction of Lothian Road and York Road, in the town, at around 2.25pm yesterday.
Police had initially signalled for the BMW to stop but as the driver tried to get away from officers, the car hit the victim before making off down York Road.
Officers recovered the BMW shortly afterwards in the nearby Barbara Mann Court, where the car had been dumped by the driver who had then made a getaway.
The cyclist was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, by ambulance where she was treated for minor head injuries.
Fortunately the injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
Meanwhile, officers continued their search for the driver of the car last night.
The road was closed from Victoria Road to Mill House Leisure Centre for around an hour after the crash while police and paramedics remained at the scene.
The section of the road was reopened at around 3.30pm.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “At around 2.25pm on Thursday a silver BMW failed to stop for police officers on Lothian Road, in Hartlepool, and collided with a cyclist as it pulled away and continued towards York Road.
“The 39-year-old female cyclist was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor head injuries.
“Police recovered the car on Barbara Mann Court and enquiries are continuing to locate the driver.”