A PEDESTRIAN was hit by a car in Brighton.

Police are investigating after a car mounted the pavement and struck a pedestrian in Kings Road, Brighton, early on Sunday.

The incident involved a grey Honda Civic which emerged from Black Lion Street and then swerved across the pavement towards pedestrians, one of whom was hit before the vehicle hit the terrace outside The Ship Hotel.

The car was abandoned and three men from the vehicle made off at about 5.20am.

Two were arrested - a 23-year-old man from Croydon was detained on suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated vehicle taking, assault, drunk driving, driving without a licence and failing to stop after a road accident and a man aged 26 from Sutton, Surrey was detained on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.

They have been released under investigation.

Detective James Botting said: “We believe there has been an altercation between a group of men in Kings Road.

"Some of them have got in a parked vehicle which has then been driven at speed onto the pavement at two men, one of whom was struck but he ran off. Other pedestrians had to jump out of the way of the vehicle but were not hurt. The victim has not come forward.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident or has any information about it.”

The incident is not being treated as terror-related.