A DRIVER has been arrested for dangerous driving and his passenger is in hospital after a serious crash.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a red Suzuki left the road at Halnaker and ended up on its roof
A 20-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, and another is in hospital in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.
Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the A285 at Halnaker, near Tinwood Lane, at 2.50am on Saturday.
The red Suzuki 4x4 had left the road and was found by emergency services on its roof. Two 20-year-old men were cut from the vehicle by firefighters from Chichester.
Both were initially taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance, and police reported the passenger had ‘life-threatening injuries’. As the Observer went to press, he was still in hospital.
Police described his condition as ‘critical but stable’.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said the 20-year-old driver from Bognor Regis received ‘serious injuries’.
He was arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving, but has been bailed until April 15 while investigations continue.
The road was closed for around four hours on Saturday while police collision investigators examined the scene.
Fire crews were at the roadside until shortly after 3.30am.
The spokeswoman said police are still trying to establish what happened and are appealing for witnesses who have not yet contacted police to come forward.
“If you witnessed the incident or saw the Suzuki prior to the collision then please call 101 quoting Op Barford,” she said.
Witnesses can also contact police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend’s crash was not the first time a vehicle left the road on the A285 at Halnaker.
In September, 2011, as reported at the time, a man had to be cut from his van and taken to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester after his van left the road and collided with a tree.