Police have released dramatic footage showing their officers deliberately crashing into a speeding car in order to stop it driving the wrong way up a motorway.
The in-car film shows officers making a split-second decision to ram the car and bring it to a halt as it tried to turn the wrong way onto the M62 in Cheshire.
The collision followed a high-speed chase that saw the fleeing Ford Fiesta and pursuing police car weave between motorway traffic across four lanes at more than 125mph.
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Sharing the footage, Cheshire Police said: “This footage, recorded while stopping a reckless driver on false plates on the M62 shows that especially trained officers will use tactical contact when it is absolutely necessary to bring a dangerous pursuit to an end to keep the public safe.”
This footage, recorded while stopping a reckless driver on false plates on the M62 shows that especially trained officers will use tactical contact when it is absolutely necessary to bring a dangerous pursuit to an end to keep the public safe. pic.twitter.com/3iIOTfwbxs
— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) January 28, 2020
After racing down one section of motorway at more than 120mph and swerving around a roundabout at almost 90mph, the reckless driver drove down the M62 slip road and attempted to turn into oncoming traffic on the busy motorway. To stop the car, police rammed into the side it it at 70mph, sending it crashing into the barrier on the central reservation.
Following the incident, which occurred last February, the driver was jailed for 27 months and banned from driving for over four years for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
The pursuit reached speeds of up to 127mph as the cars wove through traffic (Photo: Cheshire Police)
Responding to the clip, Sergeant Dan Pascoe of Surrey Police, commented: “Quick and decisive action by Cheshire. We get milliseconds to make a critical decision like this. Easy to second guess after the fact from the comfort of an armchair. Nice contact.”
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police told the Express that in some circumstances its drivers would use “tactical contact” to bring pursuits to an end in order to keep members of the public safe.