Update: Officer injured during police car crash

Police officer in hospital with suspected arm and elbow fractures.

A POLICE officer suffered suspected fracture injuries in an accident at the Sticklepath roundabout in Barnstaple last night (Monday).

The passenger of the marked police car was taken to North Devon District Hospital with injuries to his arm and elbow, and possible rib injuries, following the collision at around 7.30pm.

The driver of the patrol car was treated at the scene by paramedics for shock.

The 59-year-old male driver of a black Renault Megane also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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Eyewitnesses reported that the car he was driving ‘flipped over’ the police vehicle before landing on its side.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that traffic had slowed to allow the police car, with flashing lights but no siren, to pass a red light.

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A police spokesperson said the Devon and Cornwall Professional Standards Department had been made aware of the incident and was overseeing the investigation to establish the cause of the collision.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting log 687 of 260312.

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