Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Abduction After Major Police Chase Through Merseyside
A 35 year old male has been arrested by Merseyside police after a high-speed and dangerous chase came to an end. The man is under suspicion of the attempted abduction of a teenage girl amongst other offences, which rendered in a police chase through Formby and Southport.
Twitter user @_roryroberts caught the high speed chase on his phone, which saw several police vehicles chasing down the street around 8pm after the suspect who was driving a white van. At one point the suspect was driving the wrong way down the Formby bypass.
Police have confirmed the chase started in Litherland, and continued through residential streets to the surprise of local residents.
The suspect is confirmed to be from Huyton and the range of offences include, attempted abduction, attempted serious assault of a police officer, dangerous driving, criminal damage and driving over the prescribed limit for a specified drug.
A concerned member of the public rang the police who reported a driver in a small white van approaching a teenage girl in Litherland, and continuing to slowly move around the area after the girl had walked off.
A spokesperson explained, “A police patrol attended the scene just after 7.30pm and saw the van, which then rammed a police car and drove towards a Police officer at the roadside, before being driven off at speed down Hatton Hill Road towards the roundabout. The driver of the patrol car was uninjured, but shaken up following the collision.
The car was spotted by another patrol car a few minutes later and a pursuit took place through Formby and Southport.
The driver of the van was seen to drive on the wrong side of the Formby Bypass in addition to driving the wrong way around numerous roundabouts in the face of oncoming traffic.
Stop sticks were successfully deployed to stop the car and at 8.15pm it came to a stop outside the railway station on London Street, Southport, where the driver was arrested.”
Following the incident the police received a call from a member of the public whose car was damaged by the van.
Officers have also been contacted by the family of the teenage girl, who was approached by the man and investigations are continuing.
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