Three arrested after Sunderland high-speed pursuit ends in crash

ALERT officers were quick off the mark as they successfully chased down three suspects during a high-speed pursuit which ended in a crash. Shortly before 9.30pm on Monday officers spotted a Ford Mondeo travelling in the Gartland Road area of Sunderland, which appeared to have no insurance. After instructing the vehicle to stop, the driver instead pressed down the accelerator - but lost control of the car in a desperate bid for freedom.

With police pursuing closely behind, the car smashed into the trailer of a HGV while trying to negotiate a roundabout at the junction of Grindon Lane and Chester Road. The occupants of the car then made off on foot, but fleet-footed cops quickly caught up with them. Three men - all aged 26 - were subsequently arrested and remain in police custody.

They are currently assisting officers with their inquiries. Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police's Operations Department, said: "This was a case of good old-fashioned policing and excellent teamwork as our motor patrol and firearms support officers worked together to bring a potentially dangerous incident to a peaceful resolution. "After spotting a vehicle which showed having no insurance, officers acted on their instincts and instructed the driver to pull over.

"When the occupants seemingly showed no interest in adhering to that instruction, the cops displayed outstanding skill and calmness under pressure to pursue the offending vehicle. "A short time later, the vehicle came to an abrupt stop after it collided with a trailer of a HGV on a roundabout and the occupants made off, but our fleet-footed cops were more than up to the challenge and detained three men nearby following a foot chase. "I would like to thank my staff for their fantastic dedication and quick thinking as they were able to bring three suspects into custody and bring a potentially dangerous incident to a swift and safe conclusion."

Anyone with information is asked to contact us via the 'Tell Us Something' page of our website quoting log 995 110520.

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