Drink driver charged following police chase in Suffolk in which officers used stinger device

The police chase began on the A11 in Red Lodge. Picture: ARCHANT

The police chase began on the A11 in Red Lodge. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Staff

A 28-year-old man from Cheshire has been charged with driving offences following a police pursuit in Suffolk.

Officers used a stinger device to puncture the tyres of the stolen van Lloyd Ward, of Melbourne Road, Chester, was driving on Saturday, January 6.

Around 9.30am, roads policing officers patrolling the A11 southbound in Red Lodge became aware of a Ford Transit which had been taken without consent from a hotel car park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, earlier that morning.

When Ward failed to stop upon request, officers chased the van along the A11 towards Thetford until forcing it to come to halt near the B1107 around 9.45am.

On Monday, Ward pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving; driving with excess alcohol; and driving without insurance.

He was given an interim disqualification from driving and bailed for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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