Police pair injured in Dagenham car chase

The crash in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham (Pic: @Ry_Francis)

The crash in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham (Pic: @Ry_Francis) - Credit: Archant

A pair of police officers ended up in hospital following a car chase through Dagenham on Wednesday.

An unmarked police car spotted a blue Ford Fiesta ST – suspected to be stolen with false licence plates – in Rainham at about 7pm and when it failed to stop, pursued it to the Lodge Avenue roundabout.

The 29-year-old male driver was arrested, but while trying to flee, hit one of the officers and crashed into the unmarked police car.

Two officers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and were discharged that evening.

Lloyd Morrison, from Newham, was charged with aggravated vehicle taking, actual bodily harm (ABH) on the officers, possession of a knife and document offences – no licence or insurance.

He was kept in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, July 6.

The Fiesta was later identified as a stolen vehicle from Essex.

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A Met Police spokesman said: “This was an excellent example of intelligence-led policing using modern technology with traditional policing techniques to arrest offenders and recover stolen property.”