INVESTIGATIONS are under way after a man suffered leg injuries after being knocked over by a police car.
The marked police vehicle was driving along Ormonde Street, just off Chester Road, with its lights flashing and siren sounding when it hit the 18-year-old.
The man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital by ambulance with a suspected fractured knee.
The incident happened at 3.05am on Sunday and police are appealing for witnesses.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the collision and witnesses are being spoken to.
“At the time of the collision the police vehicle had both the siren and blue lights activated.”
Neighbours in Ormonde Street said officers had been going door-to-door attempting to gather more information.
One woman, who did not want to be named, said she awoke in the early hours to find the street lined with police cars.
She said: “There were about 10 cars spread out right down the road. It kept me up. It was going on for a while.”
And another neighbour, who had been returning from a night out in the city centre, said he was surprised to find a heavy police presence in his street when he got home.
He said: “I got in in the early hours and the street was all blocked off. I didn’t know if there had been any fatalities.
“There were a lot of police cars. We’d been out in town and when the taxi pulled in the road was blocked off right up to our house.”
Another woman said the layout of houses on Ormonde Street meant police may find it difficult to get information from witnesses.
“Our bedroom’s at the back of the house so we didn’t hear anything,” she said. “The police have been round but we couldn’t tell them anything.
“I think most of the houses have their bedrooms at the back on this street. My son lives next door and his is the same.”
Anyone who witnessed the accident, or who has any more information about the collision, is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 on ext 69191.