Coleraine teen in coma after accident involving police car
A teenager has been left in a coma after an accident involving a PSNI car yesterday morning.
The 19-year-old, who is believed to be from the Coleraine area, had been on a night out at Portrush bar and nightclub Kelly's when he was struck by the police car.
It is understood that the young man was being chased by a number of individuals when the incident happened.
He reportedly suffered a broken spine and has been placed in an induced coma in hospital.
A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that the incident has been passed to the Police Ombudsman's office.
"A police car was involved in a road traffic collision on the Dunluce Road, Portrush, at approximately 2.15am on Thursday, February 18.
"The car was in a collision with a pedestrian, a 19-year-old man, who was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.
"As is normal procedure, PONI (Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland) has been informed of the incident."
A local man, who does not want to be named, explained: "The young man was at Kelly's in Co Londonderry on Wednesday night and in the early hours of Thursday morning a fracas broke out and the young man was being chased. The next thing the police arrived to an unrelated incident and he was whacked and has now broken his spine and has other broken bones and is in an induced coma.
"There were a number of police cars there and then an ambulance arrived.
"The police cars were there until 12noon yesterday."
The Police Ombudsman's office confirmed it is investigating the incident.
A spokesman said: "The Police Ombudsman's Office is investigating the circumstances of a road traffic collision between a police car and a pedestrian. The incident happened on the Dunluce Road, Portrush in the early hours of Thursday, February 18."