A 14-year-old boy was arrested in Nottingham for drug-driving after police tracked down a stolen car.
Officers responded to a call from a resident who said their blue-coloured Hyundai i20 had been taken from outside his home shortly before 3 pm on Sunday (7 January).
The victim said he had mistakenly left a set of keys in his front door and that a thief had used them to steal his car, which was parked outside the property in Ekowe Street, New Basford.
Around 40 minutes later, the car was spotted being driven towards Kimberley by a Response officer in a police car. A second police vehicle swiftly arrived and the Hyundai i20 was safely stopped following a brief pursuit along the A610 eastbound, close to the M1, (pictured) in which a stinger was deployed.
Four teenage boys – all wearing balaclavas – were inside the stolen car. All four ran off but were quickly caught and arrested.
Following inquiries, three of the boys were released without charge. Meanwhile, the 14-year-old – who tested positive for cannabis following a roadside drugs wipe – was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, drug-driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
He has been bailed pending the results of a blood sample.
PC Dan Bird, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“This was an opportunist theft of a vehicle and the consequences could have been catastrophic.
“There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to ever get behind the wheel while they’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol – never mind a child without a driver’s licence.
“This type of offending can literally destroy lives, whether it’s for those who are harmed, their loved ones who have to pick up the pieces, or the person who is under the influence and their passengers.
“Our investigation remains ongoing and anyone who witnessed the theft of the car should call police on 101, quoting incident number 385 of 7 January, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”