A DRIVER who knocked down a pedestrian and left him with a broken leg is wanted by police for questioning.

The hit-and-run collision happened at 2am on Sunday morning as the 49-year-old was making his way through the town centre of Consett, County Durham.

He was struck by a maroon coloured Mitsubishi Shogun, which was travelling on Nile Street.

Instead of stopping, the driver has made off from the scene.

The man, who was with friends, following a night out, was badly hurt and was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham for treatment where he was detained.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary, which is investigating the incident, said: “Neither the vehicle nor the driver has yet been traced and police are urging the driver to come forward.

“It’s thought the Mitsubishi Shogun also sustained damage during the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 0191-375-2159.