Van crashes in police pursuit as two run away from traffic officers

Police dog Gunner by the side of the damaged van. Photo by @ClevelandRPU
Police dog Gunner by the side of the damaged van. Photo by @ClevelandRPU

A driver and passenger managed to escape traffic patrol officers, leaving behind a wrecked van

Cleveland and Durham Road Patrol Unit was involved in a pursuit of a white van in Hartlepool last night, with inquiries continuing.

The unit said: "A pursuit in Hartlepool went off road around Oakesway Industrial Estate when the driver realised he wasn't going to outrun one of our patrols.

"The driver took serious measures to avoid capture, using a grassy knoll as a ramp.

"This caused the van to quite literally fly through the air before gravity reminded the driver where vehicles are meant to be."

"The driver and passenger quickly abandoned the damaged van, before being pursued and sadly lost on foot in the central estate.

"Police dog Gunner was on hand to search the vehicle, indicating recent drug use on board."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.