Pedestrians among five injured after 17-mile police chase of suspected kidnapper


Five people were injured in a 17-mile police operation car tracking in Bristol overnight, which began after authorities were alerted to a possible kidnapping.

Just before midnight on Saturday, Avon and Somerset Police was responding to a report that a woman had been dragged against her will into a silver Ford on Anchor Road. Officers tracked the vehicle on the M32 before following it onto the A4174 towards Keynsham.

Two pedestrians suffered minor injuries when the Ford collided with them in Bristol city centre, police said, while three other people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries when their car was involved in a motorway collision with the pursuing police vehicle.

The Ford was eventually stopped in Keynsham at around 12.20am on Sunday.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested on charges including dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

A passenger was also treated for minor injuries, police said. Protective measures have been taken for them, the force added.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as police were involved prior to the collisions. Pedestrians among five injured after 17-mile police chase of suspected kidnapper

Bobby Allyn

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