A teenager is being quizzed after a high speed police chase ended in a horror crash on one of Blackpool’s busiest roads.
The 18-year-old, from Coventry, was arrested on suspicion of several driving and drug offences after a Renault Megane he was driving went through a red light and hit a BMW at the junction of Whitegate Drive and Condor Avenue, police said.
Seconds earlier, the silver car was driven off ‘at speed’ after officers had pulled it over around half a mile away in Palatine Road, a spokeswoman added.
The driver of the black BMW 520D, a man believed to be in his 40s, had to be cut free by firefighters before being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital by ambulance.
He escaped the crash, which happened at around 9.40pm on Wednesday, with minor head injuries. The Megane’s driver also avoided serious harm, the ambulance service said.
The incident is expected to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
Resident Charlotte McLaughlin, 29, said: “I was watching TV when I heard a massive crash. I thought the car had hit a brick wall. The police were right behind it.
“They dragged a man out of the Megane and restrained him on the floor. There was smoke coming from the car and most of the neighbours came out to see what was going on.”
Charlotte, a manager at Workwear Factory Outlet in Cherry Tree Road North, said she watched the drama unfold from her bedroom window after being told to ‘get back’ by a police officer.
She said: “Police taped all the road off and didn’t take the car away until just before I went to bed at midnight. Nothing like this happens around here normally.”
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said officers had pulled the Megane over and were speaking to its driver when he drove off towards Whitegate Drive ‘at speed’.
“The car went through a red light and hit the BMW. Both cars left the road and went into a garden wall,” she added. The road was closed as emergency crews arrived at the scene. Two fire engines manned by crews from Forest Gate Fire Station close to Stanley Park used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the BMW’s driver, a Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.
The 18-year-old remained in custody yesterday, held on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, drug driving, aggravated vehicle taking, and possessing cocaine.