Five hurt in crash after police pursuit

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A HIGH-SPEED police chase in Leigh ended in a four-car pile-up, injuring five people.

The smash happened after a Daihatsu Charade failed to stop for police in the town centre, on Sunday.

The suspected stolen car turned onto Lord Street South.

As the police car turned the corner, it collided with two other cars, a Ford Ka and a Citroen C5.

Fire crews used specialist cutting equipment to rescue four people from the Ford Kas, including a 46-year-old male passenger who suffered a dislocated shoulder and leg injuries.

Two drivers and a second passenger were treated for whiplash and shock and were given oxygen at the scene.

The police driver who has since been suspended from driving duties, suffered a broken nose and leg injuries and was later taken to Salford Royal Infirmary.

The Daihatsu was not involved in the collision which happened at around 9.45am on Sunday and sped off but three men were later arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent.

They all remain in police custody.

Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Board are now considering whether to refer the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A spokesman for GMP said: “At about 9.45am on Sunday, November 27, police officers in Leigh pursued a Daihatsu Charade after it failed to stop for them on Chapel Street.

“The Daihatsu turned onto Lord Street South and when the police car turned this corner, it was in a collision which involved another three cars; two Ford Kas and a Citroen C5.

“The Daihatsu failed to stop at the scene but was later stopped when three people were arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent.”

Inquiries are ongoing.