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Driver released on bail after car mows down five people

A driver whose vehicle mowed down five people outside a car wash in south London has been released on bail by police.

The 23-year-old was detained at the scene by an off-duty policeman before being arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving before being treated at a south London hospital with a head injury.

The driver was taken to a south London police station for questioning and has been bailed until early May pending further inquiries, the Metropolitan Police said.

A 31-year-old man remains in a critical condition after the Mercedes mounted the pavement and ploughed through the group in Bellingham, south-east London, just before 8.20am on Sunday.

Another 25-year-old man and a woman of 35 are in a serious but stable condition, while two other men aged 36 and 46 escaped with minor injuries.

The crash, which Scotland Yard said was not terror-related, happened opposite a row of shops in Bromley Road.

The Mercedes careered through a row of bollards before hitting a low wall at the end of a hedge.

The car's bonnet and boot were popped open by the impact, its airbags deployed, while debris was strewn across the pavement.

Police, paramedics and an air ambulance attended and roads around the area were closed while investigators examined the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to call officers on 101 or 0208 285 1574.

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