Police give update after man is arrested following BMW's roundabout smash off A19
Police investigating a crash involving a BMW believed to have been taken from outside a Sunderland house following a domestic incident have issued an update into the inquiry.
Northumbria Police arrested a 20-year-old man in the early hours of yesterday, Tuesday, April 13, in the wake of a collision with the roundabout which links the A19 interchange at Murton with the A182 leading to Dawdon.
The A182 from the roundabout to the Fox Cover Industrial Estate was sealed off following the smash at 4.40am until 11.30am, as inquiries were launched into the crash, while the exit slip road from the A19 southbound was also closed off for some time.
The force has today said the man, who was taken to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, has now been released on police bail as the investigations continue.
He was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, which followed a domestic incident in the Grangetown area of Sunderland, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Police said the report of the missing vehicle was made at 4.20am following a disturbance at a property and officers spotted the BMW a short time later travelling on the A19 from East Herrington.
They signalled for the vehicle to stop, but drove off at high speed before colliding with the roundabout at the top of the slip road from the southbound carriageway of the A19.
Anyone with information which could help inquiries can contact police via 101 or pass on details via the Tell Us Something page of the force’s website.