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Pursued BMW hit police cars in Blackburn
9:08am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A CAR chase through the streets of Blackburn ended when a suspected stolen BMW smashed head-on into an unmarked police car.
The 27-year-old driver of the silver BMW 3 Series was trapped following the collision, at 3.30am yesterday in West Park Road.
Firefighters cut the Blackburn man from the car while paramedics treated the officer behind the wheel of the police car for injuries to his legs and hands.
The BMW driver was stretchered from the car on a spinal board, and taken to hospital in Preston with a suspected broken ankle.
He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
The police officer was treated for his injuries at Royal Blackburn Hospital and discharged.
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “He had pressure marks from his seat belt but no other obvious signs of injury.” The powerful BMW was reported to be speeding around Whalley Range at 10.50pm on Wednesday but patrols did not spot it, police said.
Shortly after 2am, the car was seen again, in Buncer Lane and then later in Granville Road, where police gave chase.
After travelling down Revidge Road, the BMW clipped the wing mirror of a patrol car as it turned onto Edgeware Road, causing minor damage, police said.
After turning onto West Park Drive the silver car crashed into the unmarked car outside Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, opposite Corporation Park.
A member of staff from the nearby Hollymount Nursing and Residential Home said: “We heard a big bang and saw the flashing lights go past, but that’s all. We heard the bang from inside the building so we knew it must have been something big.”
Police closed the road while firefighters set up a lighting rig and released the man with cutting gear.
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