Stinger device used to end car chase on A303

Stinger device used to end car chase on A303

Published by Mike Draper at 8:09pm 4th August 2019. (Updated at 11:02am 5th August 2019)

Two men have been arrested after dramatic scenes saw the pursuit finish in a crash near Stonehenge.

  • WHEN: Police received a call at approximately 8.30am today (Sunday 4 August)
  • WHAT: A Vauxhall Astra was reported stolen from the Sidmouth area of Devon
  • WHERE: It was spotted on the A303 entering Wiltshire

TYRES BLOWN OUT:

Officers deployed a stinger on the area of road to stop the car which blew all four tyres once it had driven over it.

The grey Astra then continued for a short time, pursued by a police vehicle, before crashing in to a grass bank close to Stonehenge.

A view of traffic queues on the A303 heading east near Stonehenge.
POLICE PURSUIT: The chase ended on the A303 near Stonehenge.

DOGS USED AS SUSPECTS MAKE RUN FOR IT:

  • 3 men ran from the vehicle
  • 2 of them. the driver and one of the passengers, were caught soon afterwards
  • The passenger was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries
  • The driver has been released under investigation

A 40-year-old man from London and a 41-year-old man (of no fixed address) were arrested on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle.

HUNT FOR THIRD SUSPECT:

A third man is still outstanding but Police are making enquiries to locate him.

The area of the A303, where the stinger was deployed, was closed to traffic while the operation was carried out - but it reopened at 11.45am today.

POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES:

Inspector Ricky Lee said:

"This was good work carried out between the dogs' unit, the police helicopter team and our officers on the ground."

"From receiving the call to stopping the vehicle and apprehending two of the three occupants took less than half an hour thanks to the diligent and professional work of the teams involved.

"We are appealing for witnesses to find the third suspect; if you heard or saw anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously in this busy area this morning please contact us."

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5419007643.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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