Dangerous driver arrested after leading police on pursuit through streets

A dangerous driver has been arrested after he led police in a high-speed pursuit.

At 4.30am on Wednesday, a motor patrols officer in an unmarked car spotted a vehicle that was driving erratically in Houghton-le-Spring.

After carrying out checks on the silver Audi and learning it was registered to an address in Somerset, police grew suspicious and instructed the driver to pull over.

Instead, the driver started to speed up and dangerously drove through residential streets to avoid being arrested.

Quick-thinking officers, tracked the suspect’s movements before deploying a stinger device that deflated one of the Audi’s front tyres bringing the car to a stop.

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This didn’t stop the driver after headed down an embankment on foot to escape. Police officers caught up to the 42-year-old man and arrested him.

The man arrested has since been charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, no insurance, failing to stop and failing to provide a specimen.

He will appear before magistrates in South Tyneside in September.

Chief Inspector Ian Cutty, of Northumbria Police, praised the skill and professionalism of the officers involved in the incident.

He said: “This was a fast-moving incident and the driver’s behaviour behind the wheel potentially endangered the lives of other road users.

“That’s why it was imperative that we brought the Audi to a swift and safe stop as soon as possible – and that’s exactly what the officers involved were able to do.

“They showed great skill and kept calm under pressure to pursue the offending vehicle and deploy a stinger that stopped it in its tracks.

“From then, they followed their training and were quick to react when the driver made a final dart for freedom on foot.

“Thankfully we were able to arrest a suspect and he is due to appear before the courts in the coming weeks to answer a string of driving offences.

“This outcome was made possible because an officer spotted something that didn’t look right and followed their instincts. I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this volatile incident to a safe and speedy conclusion.”

If you see any suspicious behaviour in your community, always report it to the police. You can do so via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101.

In an emergency or if a crime is happening, always ring 999.

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