Police siren was off before crash claims driver

A FATHER -of-three claims a police car that collided with his vehicle at high speed while responding to an emergency call did not have its siren sounding.

Chris Merry, 30, of Old London Road, said that he was stationary at the junction of Halton Place and Priory Road, when a police car smashed into the back of his Audi A3 on the afternoon of Saturday, May 11.

He said: “I had indicated to turn right into Priory Road.

“I could not hear any sirens at all.

“The police car was travelling at speed, perhaps 50 to 60 mph, and hit with force enough to shift my car 20ft.”

Both he and his passenger AdamBatt luckily avoided any serious injury, though they were both left with whiplash and were shaken up by the incident.

Chris was taken to hospital as a precaution where he had an X-Ray taken of his neck.

He was not left with any lasting injuries, however his car was damaged so badly it was written off.

Chris, a web programmer, said: “I was just thinking about the what ifs.

“What if I had have been half way through turning, and the impact had been greater?

“What if my children had been in the car?”

He said that he did not know whether the police car had its blue lights flashing at the time of the collision.

“I didn’t see the car before the impact and after I was mainly concerned with working out what had happened and if Adam was ok,” he said.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Just before 4.30pm on Saturday (May 11) a marked police car responding to an emergency call collided with a black Audi A3 at the junction of Halton Place and Priory Road in Hastings.

“Two people in the Audi and two officers and a police cadet in the marked police car were treated for minor injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1051 of 11/5. Whether the marked police car had blue lights and sirens sounding is part of the investigation.”