Five arrested after stolen car chased by police smashes into Hartlepool roundabout

The damaged stolen Skoda after coming to a stop near the Brus shops in West VIew, Hartlepool
The damaged stolen Skoda after coming to a stop near the Brus shops in West VIew, Hartlepool

Ten people were caught by traffic cops after a busy Saturday night involving three incidents in Hartlepool.

Five people were held by the Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit (RPU) in West View.

The Punto abandoned in Hartlepool after a pursuit by police which led to two arrests

The Punto abandoned in Hartlepool after a pursuit by police which led to two arrests

It was after a silver Skoda that had been reported stolen was pursued by police for a short distance before the vehicle crashed into a roundabout near the Brus shops.

The Skoda also collided with another vehicle belonging to a member of the public but luckily no one was seriously hurt.

Cleveland and Durham RPU said: “The occupants made off on foot and all five were detained nearby, the driver being located hiding in gardens.” 

They were kept in custody today while inquiries were on going.
Elsewhere in town, two males were arrested on suspicion of drug driving and stealing a black Fiat Punto which was seen driving erratically into Hartlepool by police.

The RPU said: “A pursuit followed and picked up by the Police Interceptors where the vehicle was driven off road and then into roadworks before being abandoned. 
“Two males were located close by with officers arresting them on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, no licence, no insurance, fail to stop, dangerous driving and drug driving.”

They too were kept in custody while enquiries are carried out.

Another three people were detained in town after a chase involving a white BMW 1 Series car which was reported stolen when the keys were taken from its owner while on a night out.

Police said: “After a pursuit in Hartlepool, it was abandoned. The thee occupants were detained nearby, two with the assistance of the police dog section.”
In Wolviston, a man was charged with drink driving after he gave a breath test reading of 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. The man is due to appear in court later. And in Billingham, a Ford Focus that had been reported stolen by its owner was soon quickly tracked down by the Police Interceptors to Wolviston Services.

The suspected thief was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and also drug driving.
A new series of Police Interceptors, showcasing the drama and work of the unit, can be seen on Monday on Channel 5.

The programme airs at 8pm.