Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car which crashed into a police car in Eastern Road, Brighton, this morning (Thursday 31 July).
One of the three boys is still in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, also in Eastern Road, where he is being treated for serious injuries.
Sussex Police said that it was appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened just after 4am today.
The force said: “Police were informed of a Nissan Micra car doing ‘doughnut turns’ in Whitehawk Road, Brighton, at 3.40am.
“The car made off when police arrived and it was followed through Whitehawk to the seafront but it failed to stop at a give way junction of Chichester Place and Eastern Road.
“It then collided with a police car heading west in Eastern Road.
“The three occupants of the car, two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.
“The 17-year-old and one of the 16-year-olds suffered minor injuries and have been released from hospital.
“The other 16-year-old has more serious injuries is currently still in hospital.
“All three have been arrested on suspicion of stealing a motor car.
“The police officer driving the vehicle was also taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with minor injuries and has now been released.
“Eastern Road was closed for investigations but has now been reopened.”
Sergeant Neil Walker said: “We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision between the Nissan Micra and the police car.
“Anyone who has any information is asked to call police.”
Witnesses are asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been notified of the crash.