DRIVER HURT AS HE FLEES COPS.
A MERSEYSIDE man was in hospital today after crashing his car as he sped away from police.
The 35-year-old from Birkenhead suffered broken bones after racing off when he saw a police car in north Wales in the early hours of yesterday.
Officers had been searching for the driver after he went missing from his home, and Merseyside police said he could be in the Conwy Valley area.
But when north Wales officers spotted him at 12.55am he accelerated away from their patrol car on the A470 outside Llanrwst.
He lost control of his Rover at road works on a straight section of the A470 and it overturned.
Police helped the injured driver and the fire service was called after flames began shooting from the car.
He was treated in hospital for a fractured rib and collar bone.
Chief inspector Mark Owen of north Wales police said: "Police were contacted by Merseyside police at 12.25am.
Due to concerns for the man's safety an area search was launched.
"The vehicle was then seen on the outskirts of Llanrwst by an officer patrolling in a police vehicle.
"Prior to the officer making any attempt to stop the vehicle the driver increased his speed and within a short distance had apparently lost control within an area of major road works."
Police said at the time of the crash the police vehicle did not have its siren or lights on.
The crash was voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Chief Insp Owen added: "At this stage we do not know why the driver acted as he did.
"An investigation into the cause of the crash has now been launched and the matter is in the hands of the IPCC."
SCENE: Recovery vehicles remove the car from the side of the road at Llanrwst where it crashed after speeding away from police