Suspects fail to get away following high-speed police chase
Two men are in custody after a pickup truck failed to stop and rammed a police car during an unsuccessful getaway attempt. The Toyota Hilux, which is believed to have been stolen, was followed on the A6097 in Nottinghamshire after it was initially spotted being driven erratically near Lowdham at around 6.15pm yesterday (July 23) by a police officer in an unmarked car. When the truck continued along the A612 Nottingham Road towards Nottingham, the driver continued to make several dangerous maneuverers and so the police officer — who was trained in tactical pursuit and containment — illuminated his blue lights and sirens.
The truck failed to stop and a pursuit began, with the suspect driver going on to hit speeds of 90mph before almost causing a collision by going through red lights.
About 10 minutes into the chase, the truck slowed before reversing at speed into the unmarked police car, causing significant damage to it.
Other police units took over the pursuit, which continued into Farndon where the truck finally stopped. Two people fled the vehicle but were soon caught by officers with the help of a police helicopter. Two men, aged 30 and 33, were detained at the scene and taken into custody.
They were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to provide a breath and saliva sample, theft of a trailer, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage of a police vehicle with intent to endanger life.
Inspector Abigail Goucher, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It was fantastic teamwork by officers to stop the truck and this just goes to serve as a warning to anyone who may think of trying to outrun us — officers are highly trained and, so it won’t be long before we catch up with you.
“We have arrested two men in connection with the incident and our enquiries continue.”