Man hurt in balcony leap to evade arrest

  • 14 May 2013
  • From the section Suffolk
Flats on Duke Street, Ipswich
Image caption A man was injured after he leapt from the Duke Street Flats in Ipswich

A man has been taken to hospital after he jumped from a block of flats while fleeing from police.

The man, in his 20s, leapt from a second floor balcony after officers searched a flat on Duke Street in Ipswich for drugs on Monday evening.

The man injured his hand, pelvis and leg and has possible internal injuries from the fall, but police said he was currently in a stable condition.

Police said they used a Taser during the incident but it missed.

Balcony leap

Suffolk Police said it had voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to the injuries sustained by the man who jumped.

The injured man was one of two who fled from a third floor flat after police carried out a search warrant at the property.

They both leapt from their balcony to one on the second floor. One of the men entered the flat, where he was arrested by officers, but the other man jumped to the ground.

The man captured in the flat - a 27-year-old from Ipswich - was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, money laundering and supply of a class A drug.

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