Police chase through Chaddesden takes in 30 streets after stinger fails to halt driver
A MOTORIST led police on a late-night 40-minute chase around Chaddesden, despite having two tyres punctured.
Officers deployed a stinger – a strip of spikes across the road – to burst the tyres early in the pursuit.
But although two had deflated the driver did not stop the blue Ford Zetec people carrier – and led officers on a chase around more than 30 streets.
The force's helicopter was also called into action to track the vehicle.
The chase ended when police were able to deploy a second stinger to puncture the two other tyres.
Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, who is the head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: "Even though all four tyres had now been burst the driver continued to try and drive the vehicle."
The car was eventually stopped at the junction of Nottingham Road and Cleveland Avenue.
The incident began at 12.15am yesterday in Nottingham Road and involved specialist traffic police.
Police say they believe the car may have been stolen in Derby on Sunday.
Ch Insp Wilson said the chase was at low speed because the first two tyres had been burst by the stinger.
He said the public had not been in any danger during the incident.
He added: "In a situation like this the safety of the general public and the driver of the vehicle is our priority concern and I am pleased that my officers were able to finally stop the car without any injuries being suffered by anyone."
The chase took in roads including Woods Lane, Grindlow Road, Chaddesden Road, St Andrew's View and Sandringham Road.
A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.
Last night he remained in custody and was being questioned.
Dave Roberts is one of the three councillors who represent Derwent ward where most of the chase happened.
He said: "Officers in Derwent ward have worked very hard to reduce car crime in the area and we are pleased that no one was hurt."
Anyone who saw the pursuit, or who has any information, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.