A 17-year-old from Hampshire was arrested in Salisbury yesterday, July 18, after a vehicle failed to stop for police on the A30.

At about 1.35pm, officers attempted to stop a Land Rover Discovery just outside the city.

The driver failed to stop and drove on through Firsdown. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed into a field south of West Winterslow.
The driver ran away and a lengthy search included the assistance of the dog unit, police helicopter and drone unit.

About 90 minutes later, officers saw someone matching the description of the driver in Alderbury. He ran off from police but was caught and arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, theft of metal and taking a vehicle without consent.

He was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer because, during the arrest, two police officers were assaulted. The teenager remains in custody for further questioning.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings said: “The vehicle was seen to drive at speed with no regard for other road users and then overturned in a field off Livery Road.”

“It was extremely fortunate that nobody was injured, or worse, killed.

“The dog unit, drone unit, NPAS, and local officers worked together to contain the area after the driver decamped, and a male was later arrested. During this time, two officers were assaulted – causing an injury to an officer’s ankle.”

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