A high-speed police chase ended with officers arresting 4 individuals – together with one who was hiding in a bush.
Firearm officers on patrol in Gateshead chased the black Vauxhall Zafira, earlier than it was found deserted after colliding with a telegraph pole in the Sulgrave space of Washington.
However a police helicopter situated one of many suspects in a close by bush as officers swooped.
Within minutes three males and one girl had been positioned beneath arrest following the incident on Wednesday night time.
Chief Inspector Louise Galliott-Thornton, of Northumbria Police’s Operation Department, praised the vigilance of these officers on patrol.
“This was a improbable response by firearms officers who had been on patrol in the realm once they seen the car in query,” mentioned Chief Insp Galliott-Thornton.
“The 4 occupants had been appearing in a suspicious method so we checked its particulars and had been suitably involved to sign for the driving force to cease.
“He refused after which led us on a harmful pursuit that was so erratic we determined we needed to abort it to make sure the security of the general public.
“The reality the car was then found crashed and deserted close by simply underlines how poorly pushed the car was.
“The doggedness of these responding officers has then led to 4 arrests, together with one suspect who tried to take cowl in a bush.
“I need to say a big effectively carried out to all these concerned and I hope outcomes like these reassure the neighborhood that we’re decided to maintain you protected.”
The incident occurred at round 9pm.
The three males, aged 22, 21 and 20, and the 18-year-old girl have since been launched beneath investigation pending additional enquiries.
Anyone who needs to report suspicious behaviour to police is inspired to report on-line on the Northumbria Police web site.