Portslade crash: Two men hunted after car hits house

Portslade crash Image copyright eddie mitchell
Image caption Police were searching the Portslade area for the car, believed to be stolen, before it crashed into the house

Two men are being hunted by police after a car hit a house in Brighton at high speed following an earlier pursuit by officers.

Another man who was trapped inside the Audi TT car was taken to hospital after being cut free by firefighters.

He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft at the scene in Valley Road, Portslade. Police said the other two occupants of the car ran away.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

A neighbour said: "I heard a terrific crash and I ran outside and saw a grey car.

"I looked further down the road and there was a car that had gone sideways into the house."

Resident uninjured

Another witness said the car flipped over before hitting one house, then crashing into the front of another, at about 13:15 GMT.

The woman resident inside the house was not injured, but the property has been declared unsafe by local authority engineers.

Insp Steve Grace, of Sussex Police, said officers had attempted to stop the speeding car, which was believed to be stolen.

"The vehicle made off from the officers and there was a very short pursuit which resulted in the vehicle losing control and striking the buildings," he said.

A force spokesman said the circumstances of the pursuit were being investigated.

"The matter has been referred to the IPCC as a matter of standard policy purely because of the police activity at the time," he said.

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