Driver arrested and passenger escapes after police chase through Erith

PUBLISHED: 12:29 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2017



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A police helicopter was launhced

The sound of sirens and a police helicopter filled Erith’s skies as police chased down a suspected car thief on Wednesday night.

Patrolling officers spotted what they thought was an uninsured vehicle at around 11pm in West Street.

But when they tried to pull the car over, it sped away.

Eyewitnesses spotted the vehicle speeding along High Street, with officers in hot pursuit.

During the 20 minute chase, the National Police Air Service’s helicopter was called out to assist.

The car was eventually stopped at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre on Bexley Road.

Officers arrested the driver, but a passenger has managed to escape police capture.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “The driver, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving without a license and failing to stop for police.

“Enquiries are ongoing to locate the passenger.”

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