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Officer behind wheel of police car that crashed into house suspended from driving

The police vehicle crashed into the front of a property on Elmfield Terrace on Sunday (December 3) evening. <i>(Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)</i>
The police vehicle crashed into the front of a property on Elmfield Terrace on Sunday (December 3) evening. (Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)

The police officer behind the wheel of a police car which crashed into a Darlington home has been suspended from driving.

The car ploughed through the garden wall and into the front of a property on Elmfield Terrace in icy conditions on Sunday (December 3) evening.

Durham Police say officers were going with blue lights to reports of a man threatening members of the public with a knife when the vehicle left the road at about 7.25pm.

The Northern Echo: The road was icy when the incident happened.
The Northern Echo: The road was icy when the incident happened.

The road was icy when the incident happened. (Image: TERRY BLACKBURN)

It is believed the cop car skidded on compacted ice before colliding with the property.

The 22-plate armed response vehicle came to a rest on top of the garden wall’s wreckage.

Neither the officer nor residents in the house suffered any injuries.

The officer was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been suspended from driving for work with immediate effect while the Durham force investigate the incident.

The Northern Echo: The aftermath on Monday - the garden wall has been knocked down and front of the house hit by the car.
The Northern Echo: The aftermath on Monday - the garden wall has been knocked down and front of the house hit by the car.

The aftermath on Monday - the garden wall has been knocked down and front of the house hit by the car. (Image: SARAH CALDECOTT)

A force spokesperson said: “The police vehicle is believed to have skidded on compacted ice before colliding with the property.

“The driver of the vehicle – a police constable from the Roads and Armed Policing Unit – has been suspended from driving with immediate effect while the circumstances surrounding the collision are reviewed.”

Pictures from the scene this morning show thee garden wall reduced the rubble where the car hit it. The front window of the home has been boarded up with the brickwork underneath appearing damaged.


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One resident said the road was icy when the incident happened.

Police previously said a structural engineers would assess the damage to the building.

Officers located and arrested a suspect in connection with the reports of a knife-wielding man threatening the public.