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Police stop vehicle after 100mph pursuit starts in city centre

Police safely stopped a vehicle that was being driven dangerously at speeds of up to 100mph.

Officers also arrested and charged a man in connection with the incident, which started after plain-clothed officers spotted the suspicious vehicle in Huntingdon Street, Nottingham city centre, shortly before 10:10am yesterday (Sunday 2 January).

Units were deployed to the area to stop the vehicle but it was driven off at speed and travelled on to the M1 southbound at speeds of up to 100mph.

Four specially trained advanced tactical drivers then safely brought the vehicle to a stop, between junctions, 25 and 24, by forming a box around the vehicle, with only minor damage to one police vehicle and the subject vehicle. No one was hurt.

Inspector Tim Ringer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an excellent example of a range of police resources working together to prevent a potentially dangerous situation and bring a suspect into custody.

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“The incident involved plain-clothed officers who initially spotted the suspect vehicle, response officers who followed it and operational support officers, including specialist drivers, who brought the incident to a safe conclusion.

“The force is committed to keeping Nottinghamshire safe and will use all necessary resources to ensure it stays that way.”

Following the incident, 21-year-old Kai Hopkins, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and driving without a licence or insurance.

He was bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 27 January 2022.

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