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Police use aircraft and armed officers in high-speed pursuit through Nottinghamshire

Suspect charged after police teams work together during a pursuit in Nottinghamshire.

A fantastic bit of teamwork involving a number of police teams resulted in a runaway driver being arrested, charged and remanded after a dynamic pursuit.

A police fixed-wing plane spotted a Land Rover Discovery, suspected to be travelling on false plates, heading from Nottingham towards Newark shortly before 1 pm on Tuesday (14 February 2023).

Information was passed to officers on the ground who closed in on the vehicle as it entered the Newark area via the A46.

The Land Rover was reportedly being driven dangerously and at high speeds as officers worked to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

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The vehicle was later spotted heading down a dirt track and off-road into a horse paddock. Further information was provided to officers who tracked down a suspect and arrested him after the Land Rover came to a stop at the end of a field in Coddington.

Numerous Nottinghamshire Police resources worked together to track down the Land Rover and driver – including the force’s Roads Policing Unit, Armed Response, and Newark Operation Reacher team, with assistance provided by the National Police Air Service.

Benjamin Jones, aged 34, of Valley Road Carlton, has been charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, driving without a valid test certificate, failing to stop, fraud by false representation and possession of cannabis.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 16 February 2023).

Police Constable Marcus Smallman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These charges are a result of a great proactive team effort to follow and track down a suspect.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes any incidents of dangerous driving very seriously. Our top priority is to keep people safe and our work, in this case, shows how we will take robust action against anyone posing a danger to others by committing such offences.”

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