Tyne & Wear

Police officer injured in Sunderland dog van crash

The damaged police van and the smashed wall Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption The injured officer has been discharged from hospital, police said

A police officer and two other people were injured when a car collided with his dog van.

Northumbria Police said officers were looking for a Vauxhall Corsa involved in another crash in Sunderland on Sunday when the car hit the police van.

The injured officer has now been released from hospital. Two police dogs in the van were not seriously injured, the force said.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Image copyright Sunderland Echo
Image caption The crash triggered a large response from the emergency services

A police spokesman said officers went to the Hylton Road area after being told the Corsa was being driven on the wrong side of the road and had hit another vehicle.

It hit the police van in Mowbray Road during the search, the spokesman said.

The force later tweeted a picture of one of the dogs receiving "some much-needed TLC" after the collision.

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