A MOTORIST is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed – then crashed his car into a road sign.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the 34-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and back.
Officers were called to Sevenoaks Drive at 9.45pm on Wednesday after the man was found with the injuries.
The attack happened earlier that evening in Rowan Avenue, Washington.
The man was in his car, a grey Peugeot, when he was assaulted, and managed to drive the five miles to Sevenoaks Drive, Hastings Hill, where he collided with a road sign and his vehicle then caught fire.
Emergency services attended and the injured man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries, his condition is described as stable.
The fire service extinguished the blaze and made the vehicle safe. No one else is believed to have been injured during the incident.
Superintendent Jim Napier, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “This is a most unusual incident and officers are still trying to establish the full details of what has taken place.
“We have additional uniformed patrols taking place in this area to reassure residents.
“Anyone with any concerns about this incident or anyone with any information is urged to speak to an officer.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1277 of 18/06/14 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.