A schoolboy on a scooter suffered a suspected broken leg after being involved in a collision with a marked police car.
The incident happened in Silksworth in Sunderland during rush hour traffic on Wednesday.
It happened on the junction of Warwick Terrace and Lincoln Avenue at 6.30pm. The eight-year-old boy was taken to hospital where he received treatment to an injured leg.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Police have confirmed the car did not have its blue lights flashing at the time of the accident but refused to give any further details.
The collision left residents shocked.
Dreda Marrs, 66, who lives on Warwick Terrace, said: “Everyone is talking about it. I went to church this morning and people were wondering what had happened. The road was blocked as friends had to be diverted and drive another way. You don’t expect this to happen with a police car but I’m sure there will be a full inquiry into what happened. I hope the little boy gets better soon.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 22, there was a collision involving a marked police car and a child on a scooter. The child, an eight-year-old boy, has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. His injuries are not believed life-threatening. Inquiries are being carried out to establish the circumstances of the collision.
“The road was closed from Warwick Terrace and Lincoln Avenue and at the roundabout with Silksworth Lane along to Blind Lane to North Street. There were no traffic problems. The driver of the police car was not injured.”
Chief Supt Chris Thomson said: “A full investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances of the collision and extra officers will be in the area to inform residents about the incident and offer them reassurance and answer any concerns they may have”
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 878 220114 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.