Wiltshire Police dog handler airlifted to hospital after pursuit crash

A POLICE officer was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after a crash during a pursuit.

The incident happened near Figheldean in the early hours of Sunday morning (September 3), Wiltshire Police said.

An 18-year-old man from the Marlborough area has been arrested on suspicion of a number of driving offences, including drink driving.

A vehicle crashed following a sharp bend in the road near Figheldean after a police pursuit.

“A police dog van was also involved and collided with the wall on the bend,” a Wiltshire Police spokesperson said.

“A policewoman was airlifted to hospital to be treated for head injuries, thought to be non-life threatening or life changing.

“A teenage passenger was also taken to hospital with injuries thought to be minor.

“The driver, an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, failing to stop and -dangerous driving. He remains in police custody for questioning.”

Police dogs in the vehicle at the time were not injured and are being looked after, they added.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who may have dashcam footage, is being urged to contact the serious collision investigation team on 01225 694597 quoting Log number 12. They can also contact the team directly by emailing