We have arrested a man after a stolen car collided with another car in Stoke-on-Trent.
In the early hours of yesterday (15 January), officers on patrol spotted a Kia which was driving dangerously on the A50 near Blythe Bridge.
Shortly after, the car collided with a Toyota Auris. The driver of the Kia was seen running away from the scene on foot.
Thankfully, the driver of the Toyota was not injured. We started looking for the suspect and called in our colleagues from the National Police Air Service to help.
A 32-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was later arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, drink driving, dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop after a road accident and when required by a constable, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the person of another and driving without insurance.
He was questioned about what happened in custody and has since been released under investigation while our enquiries continue.
We later checked the Kia at the scene and found out it had been stolen in the Sheffield area recently. It was seized for forensic examination.
We are committed to proactively targeting vehicle thieves, patrolling hotspot areas and working with neighbouring forces to go after those responsible.
As part of Operation Bormus, all ten of our local policing teams are continuing to gather intelligence and put measures in place to protect the hard-earned belongings of our communities.