A man has been arrested today following a police pursuit from Bristol to Keynsham via the M32 and Ring Road by officers responding to concern for the welfare of a passenger. Several people were injured during the pursuit.
In a statement this morning Avon & Somerset Police said: “Just before midnight, a member of the public contacted police after witnessing an incident in which a woman appeared to be pulled into a silver Ford car against her will on Anchor Road.
“The Ford was pursued through Bristol city centre and onto the M32 before continuing onto the A4174 towards Keynsham.
“It was stopped by officers at Wellsway in Keynsham at around 12.20am today.
“One of the occupants of the Ford, a man his mid-20s, left the scene and was located by officers nearby. He was arrested for multiple offences including dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
“He has taken to hospital to be checked over but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
“A female passenger was also taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Appropriate safeguarding measures have been put in place for her welfare.
“During the course of the police pursuit, the Ford was involved in a collision with two pedestrians on St Augustine’s Parade who required medical attention for minor injuries. A further collision occurred on the northbound carriageway of the M32 between the police car conducting the pursuit and another vehicle.
“Three members of the public were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
“The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) due to police involvement prior to the collisions occurring.”
Any witnesses to the pursuit who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call 101, quoiting reference 5222102562.
A road closure was put in place on the M32 northbound while an investigation took place at the scene of the collision. The road was re-opened shortly after 8am today.
UPDATE 3 MAY:
Macauley Tomlinson, 25, from Midsomer Norton, has been charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
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