Gloucestershire

Motorcyclist badly hurt in crash with police car on 999 call

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a police car on a 999 call in Cheltenham, it has emerged.

The 53-year-old man from Gloucester was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the collision at traffic lights on the A40, Lansdown Road.

It is understood the marked Gloucestershire police car was responding to a "grade one" emergency call at about 19:00 GMT on 22 March.

The man driving the police car, who was alone in the vehicle, was not injured.

Gloucestershire Constabulary said it was "fully co-operating" with the IPCC investigation.

Warning lights

"As the police investigation into the collision is still ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment any further," a spokesperson said.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the car had been crossing the A40 from the Talbot Road direction, heading towards Christchurch Road, when the accident happened.

"This man's injuries are serious and I am sure that his family and friends are very concerned.

"The IPCC will investigate the circumstances leading to this incident, which will include the decision-making and actions of the police driver.

"The investigation will check whether the police vehicle was fitted with any data-recording equipment which should show speed and whether the warning lights and siren were activated."

The IPCC spokesman added: "Learning is an important element of our work and the IPCC investigation will also look at force policies and training."

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