Doctors are today fighting to save the life of a burglary suspect after he crashed a stolen car on a busy Doncaster road.
The man suffered serious head injuries which are being described by police as ‘life-threatening’.
Doncaster firefighters had to cut the roof off the wrecked BMW to assist paramedics in getting him out of the vehicle.
Police today appealed for witnesses to the crash in Wheatley after a 39-year-old man sustained the serious injuries in a collision just after 9pm on Tuesday.
A black BMW 323i is reported to have been travelling along the Church Way dual carriageway towards town centre, near to the junction with Milethorn Lane, when it left the road.
South Yorkshire Police say they were not pursuing the car at the time of the incident.
“The BMW is thought to have mounted the nearside kerb and then struck the railings, coming to a rest against the railings, causing extensive damage to the vehicle,” said a police spokesman.
Officers believe the BMW was taken during an alleged burglary earlier in the evening in the Armthorpe Road area of Doncaster, understood to be between 5pm and 6pm.
The BMW driver, of no fixed address, sustained serious head injuries and a broken arm and is currently being treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Nobody else was injured in the collision and no other vehicles were involved, although railings will need to be replaced.
Two crews from Doncaster fire station spent nearly half an hour removing the car roof to free the driver.
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and will be questioned when he is fit enough to be interviewed.
Officers want to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of the vehicle involved before the crash occurred.
Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1,276 of Tuesday.