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Police drivers mow down pedestrian

PUBLISHED: 16:28 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010

A POLICE car crashed in to a 50-year-old woman while in pursuit of a suspected stolen car on Monday. Witnesses said police had been chasing a black Renault Megane around the roads near Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley before the accident at 12.20pm. Bystanders

A POLICE car crashed in to a 50-year-old woman while in pursuit of a suspected stolen car on Monday.

Witnesses said police had been chasing a black Renault Megane around the roads near Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley before the accident at 12.20pm.

Bystanders said the vehicle smashed into the woman 'hurtling her into the air' before she landed on the police car's windscreen.

She was taken to University Hospital, Lewisham with two broken legs and a head injury where she remains. Her condition is said to be stable.

There was traffic chaos as busy lunchtime traffic was diverted away from Burnt Ash Lane which remained closed for three hours.

The Renault Megane was later stopped in Downs Hill, Beckenham and two youths aged 15 and 16 were arrested.

They appeared in Bromley Magistrates Courts on Tuesday.

The 15-year-old was charged with aggravated vehicle taking and failing to stop for police and the 16-year-old was charged with allowing himself to be carried in a vehicle he knew was stolen.

At the time of going to press, a date for their reappearance in court had not been set.

The incident is being investigated by the police Professional Standards Department.

Last year, five people were killed in accidents involving Metropolitan police cars.

On average Metropolitan police cars are involved in 5,500 collisions annually which include anything from fatalities to 'vicinity only' incidents.

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