Police were involved in the pursuit of a Renault Clio after the driver failed to stop on the A590 at Levens, near Kendal, just after midnight today (January 16).
A lengthy pursuit concluded on a minor road off The Square, in the Broughton in Furness area, at about 1am.
A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “The driver, who had left the vehicle he had been driving, was involved in a collision with one of the police vehicles at the conclusion of the pursuit.
“The driver, a man, aged 20, from the Millom area – was airlifted to hospital in Preston. He sustained bruising. His injuries are not life threatening.
“Subsequent inquiries revealed the car was a vehicle suspected to be stolen from the Millom area.
“In line with normal procedures, Cumbria Constabulary referred the matter immediately to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”