Blackpool man killed on M55 during police pursuit

Charnock Richard services
Image caption The man was hit by a car near Charnock Richard services on the M6 motorway

A 33-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car as he ran across a motorway during a police pursuit.

Police had earlier tried to pull his car over but he failed to stop an drove off along the M55 in Blackpool, Lancashire, on Sunday evening.

The man had earlier deliberately driven his car at a woman in Montague Street, South Shore, causing her minor injuries, police said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

Sgt Gareth Hill of the Lancashire Constabulary Road Policing Unit said: "The manner of driving during this pursuit was reckless in the extreme and it was only a matter of good fortune that no-one else was killed or seriously injured."

At 21:20 GMT, the man stopped near Charnock Richard services on the M6 and ran across three lanes, before being killed on the opposite carriageway.

The man, from Blackpool, was confirmed dead at the scene and the M6 was closed in both directions for a time, between Junctions 27 and 28.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said the man, from Blackpool, "made off at speed" in a grey Ford Focus Sport after he failed to stop for the police patrol vehicle.

At one point the car was driven deliberately at an officer on foot and during the pursuit collided with a police vehicle on the motorway, the force said.

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