A POLICEMAN and a suspect were both injured following a morning of prolonged violence on the streets of Chester.
The constable was chasing the suspect around the three Blacon tower blocks by car when his Vauxhall Astra police vehicle was rammed twice by the man.
Both were injured and were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where the suspect remains. He is being treated for a head injury.
The policeman, who is not being named, was cut by glass from his car's windows which shattered in the collision. He is not seriously hurt.
Cheshire police spokesman Jacqui Hanson said this chase forms just one part of a much more protracted incident, which happened on Saturday.
'It started at 10am when a member of Vandaline called us to say he was being threatened by a man in the Glyn Garth Flats who was armed with a hammer,' she said.
'Over the next 15 minutes, this offender got into a red Ford Fiesta and drove around Blacon at high speed until 10.26am, when he was arrested.
'During the course of that driving, he collided with the police vehicle in Nevin Road at its junction with Treborth Road.
'He then crossed the grassed areas between the flats, crashed through two fences and left Nevin.
'The car turned into Treborth, on the wrong side of the road, and hit the police car again, causing extensive damage.
'The policeman was shaken and had cuts on his hands from the glass.
'The suspect was admitted to the Countess of Chester. A police officer went to the ward later to put him on police bail,' said Mrs Hanson.
At 10.58am, police were told of a barricade of old furniture which had been put across Treborth.
This blocked the entrance of the nearby Willows Nursing Home, preventing traffic from coming past.
'Officers went across and youths by the barricade threw eggs at them. At 11.44am the barricade was removed from the road,' said Mrs Hanson.
It is not believed any arrests have been made in connection with this incident, although a tower block resident told police he had been pelted too.
That resident, who declined to be named, said: 'These four lads were saying 'We are in charge, this is our patch'.
'I saw them put the barricade up. Cars were trying to get through and some went round it.
'No-one wanted to get out and take it down themselves, so I went to move it.
But no-one came to help me and I was assaulted by two of the youths.
'They threatened me with an 8ft piece of wood. This is just thuggery.'
Anyone who saw these incidents or knows the thugs should call Chester police on 01244 350222 or confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.