A top cop has praised her officers after an investigation into a suspected high-speed collision saw them successfully locate their suspects under the cover of darkness.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning (July 29) motor patrols officers were alerted to two Nissan vehicles, believed to be speeding on Dairy Lane in Houghton.
When they arrived at the scene they found an abandoned X Trail which had collided with a signpost – after a quick search of the vehicle officers found a knife as well as a discarded hammer nearby.
Witnesses reported seeing the two occupants of the car flee the scene on foot and determined officers ramped up the pursuit, calling on the expertise of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and their K9 friends from the force’s dog unit.
However, it was good old fashioned police work which led to the arrest of one of the suspects – a 17-year-old male who was found hiding in a nearby garden. A 26-year-old woman, who turned up at the scene to allegedly drive the male home was also arrested – and has since been charged.
A third male, aged 22 believed to have been the driver of the X trail was also arrested and the investigation remains ongoing.
Following the incident, Chief Inspector Sam Rennison from the Force’s operations department said: “This incident could have resulted in serious injury for those involved or for other unsuspecting motorists – but thankfully that was not the case.
“This was a really fast-paced job showcasing the very best of our teams and how they can work together to achieve positive results. Ultimately, good-old fashioned police work prevailed and I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and speedy results.”
The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact us using the Tell us Something page on our website, quoting log 89 290720.