Driver’s 80mph police chase ended by funfair goer’s makeshift fence stinger

A member of the public heroically thwarted a driver trying to get away from pursuing police officers

A member of the public heroically thwarted a driver trying to get away from pursuing police officers (Picture: Lincolnshire Police/SWNS)

A speeding driver was caught by police after a have-a-go hero used a metal fence to puncture his car tyres.

The reckless motorist hit speeds of up to 80mph after failing to stop for cops when they noticed him driving a Peugeot on false plates in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Shocking footage shows him racing along residential streets for three miles before his ‘GTA-style’ getaway attempt was brought to an abrupt end by a quick-thinking member of the public at a funfair.

In the video, he can be seen dangerously driving at more than 45mph over the speed limit and doing multiple U-turns to try and avoid the chasing officers.

He then veers around bollards completely onto the wrong side of the road and accelerates to 80mph in a 40mph zone towards oncoming traffic.

After roaring past a Butlins holiday camp and brightly lit arcades on the seafront, the man sharply turns into the Luna Springs amusement park.

As he enters the park, a bystander in shorts appears to lay down a metal barrier across the road and heroically thwarts the driver who goes straight over it, bursting the tyres.

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The have-a-go hero laid down a metal fence to stop the fleeing driver (Picture: Lincolnshire Police/SWNS)

The driver begins to completely lose control as he drives past funfair rides and dozens of pedestrians at the roadside before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Body-cam footage shows the suspect being tracked down within 30 seconds and arrested by the Lincolnshire Police officers.

The man, who police have not not named, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He was handed a 14-month prison term and further disqualified for three years following the pursuit through the busy seafront holiday location.

The driver drove dangerously in an attempt to evade police (Picture: Lincolnshire Police/SWNS)

He was arrested after abandoning the car and being chased down by officers (Picture: Lincolnshire Police/SWNS)

Insp Jason Baxter, of Lincolnshire Police’s roads policing unit, said: ‘On this occasion, our pursuit trained officers were able to take this dangerous driver off the road before he caused serious harm.

‘We do everything we can to keep our roads safe in Lincolnshire, and it’s right that any driver who has been disqualified and has no insurance, should be worried they’ll get stopped if they continue to drive.’

A police spokesman added: ‘The officers involved in this pursuit were from the force armed roads policing team.

‘They are specialist pursuit drivers, having been trained in both police advanced driving and tactical pursuit and containment.

He had been speeding at 80mph before he was stopped (Picture: Lincolnshire Police / SWNS)

‘The pursuit was authorised by the force control room inspector. As such, throughout the pursuit, the officers carried out a necessary dynamic risk assessment.

Source:: Metro


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