Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Car crashes into Thetford Forest lake after helicopter hunt

17:17 20 February 2014

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

An injured man caused havoc for police after fleeing from emergency services before crashing his car into a lake.

The man, from the Mundford area, evaded officers for more than two hours during the hunt on Sunday night.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said fears for the man’s safety were raised after he escaped from an ambulance at his home, having called 999 at around 7.50pm.

That sparked a police manhunt, with at least four police vehicles and the search helicopter being called into action.

The car was located in Lynford at 9.40pm but the man refused to stop for officers. Seven minutes later, he crashed into Lynford Lakes, just north of Lynford Hall.

He was able to exit the vehicle on his own and officers retrieved him from the water, according to the spokesman.

Paramedics were also sent to the scene, where they treated the man for minor injuries before taking him to West Suffolk Hospital.

Residents reported hearing the helicopter overhead and seeing police searching frantically for the man, including in Ashburton Road and near Lynford Hall.

Police did not arrest the man but he was detained under the mental health act. The car was retrieved.

Fire crews were also called to the scene to help extricate the car, but were stood down.

Manningtree High School maths teacher Miss Ania Kolendo with some of her straight A students.

While pupils nervously see what they have got, it is easy to forget that results day is also an anxious time for teachers.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorcyclist has been injured in a crash which blocked a road on the Suffolk/Norfolk border today.

HM Coastguard

Four people have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a speedboat at Oulton Broad.

Binge-drinker's night out ban

A binge-drinking plasterer has been banned from going out on Fridays and Saturdays after assaulting a police officer while being drunk and disorderly.

Arrests made

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the victim of an assault in Stowmarket soon after the incident occurred.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Readers have shared their Pigs Gone Wild selfies and family photos as the trail reaches its final few days in Ipswich

We will miss them when they are gone but there are still seven days left to see the pigs in situ around Ipswich town centre.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24