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Driver jailed after high-speed pursuit ended by police

A runaway driver has been jailed after police drivers brought a high-speed pursuit to a dramatic but safe conclusion.

Richard Frost, aged 42, was driving a black BMW 7 Series along the A60 in Arnold when he came to the attention of the police at around 5.30am on Wednesday April 10 this year.

Believing the vehicle to be linked to an earlier incident in Leicestershire, armed response officers devised a plan to stop and contain the vehicle by puncturing its tyres.

A Stinger device was successfully deployed around an hour later in Redhill, but the vehicle failed to stop and carried on at speed towards Mansfield.

In the minutes that followed, Frost – driving on damaged tyres – reached speeds of around 100mph as he weaved in and out of traffic on the A614.

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As he approached the roundabout at Longdale Lane, officers ended the pursuit by making tactical contact with the car from behind – spinning it 180 degrees with one vehicle before others boxed it in.

Frost, of Hanging Heaton, Batley, was detained at the scene and later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) he was jailed for ten months.

PC Emma Jordan, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was an appallingly reckless display of driving that placed other road users, police officers and Frost himself at risk of significant harm.

“In incidents of this nature we are primarily concerned with public safety, which is why we took the decision to end this pursuit in the way that we did.

“I am pleased Frost has now been jailed and hope this case serves as a reminder to others about the consequences of this type of driving.”

Inspector Jonathan Lee, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was an exemplary piece of driving from the officers involved. After devising and executing a plan to bring him to a stop in the first instance, officers then carried out a textbook manoeuvre to bring this vehicle to a stop and protect the public from harm.”

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