Arrests after ‘wrong-way’ police pursuit in Bilston
Four men are being questioned by West Midlands Police investigators, following a car chase that, in parts, involved going the wrong way down parts of the M5 and M6.
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group spotted the vehicle on the Black Country Road A454 near Bilston on Sunday (28/10/18) night at around 9pm.
Police pursued the car, before trying to bring it to a stop using specialist tactics, but the car rammed police vehicles and continued onto the wrong side of a dual carriageway.
The Fiesta sped through red lights and across junctions.
A stinger was deployed at junction nine of the M6 where the vehicle exited.
It came to a stop on Wednesbury Road – two men jumped out and ran off, but were tracked by the police helicopter.
The blue Ford Fiesta Zetec was believed to have previously been stolen from a supermarket car-park.
The 38-year-old driver and a 17-year-old from Wolverhampton were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and burglary
The driver, a 24-year-old man of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of a Class A drug. A 45-year-old male passenger, from Walsall, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, burglary and possession of an offensive weapon.
Inspector Steve Radford said:
“The arrests were conducted by officers working as part of an on-going intelligence led operation aimed at targeting car criminals operating in the West Midlands.
“It’s another really fantastic example of our officers acting quickly to respond to information about people who are using the Midlands motorway network to commit crime.
“Crime has no place in our communities and the motorways are no different. We will always act on information where possible, to bring offenders to justice and prevent further crime.
“Our message to car criminals is clear – we will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you.”
All four are in police custody for interview.
(West Mids Live will keep you updated on this ongoing case.)