Car ploughs into telegraph pole after police chase

A police chase ended dramatically when the car officers were pursuing ploughed into a telegraph pole on a Wigan road.

Police are now waiting to question the driver of the dark blue Citroen which ploughed into the post on Prescott Street in Springfield this morning.

Police at the scene on Prescott Street

Police at the scene on Prescott Street

Officers first became aware of the vehicle being driven erratically on Crawford Street at around 5.15am.

The driver failed to stop and a short pursuit took place which ended with the crash near the junction of Frog Lane.

The 23-year-old man at the wheel was taken to hospital with a possible broken bone in his back and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have detained him there to await the end of his treatment.

A female passenger, who reports suggested was in her 40s, suffered head injuries and also went to Wigan Infirmary. GMP confirmed neither of them have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Officers are now waiting to question the driver of the Citroen.The entire length of Prescott Street from the junction of Frog Lane to Miry Lane had to be shut for several hours following the early-morning smash and the road did not re-open until 10.25am.

Firefighters were called to the scene at around 6am to cool down the engine of the Citroen as it was smoking.

Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) were called at 5.39am and arrived at the scene at 6.03am.

The two occupants of the car were briefly treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital. The NWAS left the scene at 6.49am.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) tweeted from its official social media account that the road was shut and told motorists to approach the area with caution.