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Suspected drug dealer escapes on escooter before crashing into police car

A suspected drug dealer who fled from police on an e-scooter was wrestled to the ground by officers after he crashed into a police car.

The dramatic arrest took place after an officer spotted what he believed to be a drug deal taking place at Forest Recreation Ground in broad daylight.

 

Thinking he could outwit officers, the suspect fled on an e-scooter. He sped through various streets in Radford but his hopes of evading capture came to an embarrassing end when he crashed into a cleverly-manoeuvred police car.

The 41-year-old was then wrestled to the ground by two police officers and placed in handcuffs.

The man was searched and police recovered over 100 wraps of Class A drugs, nunchucks in his pocket and a BB gun that very closely resembled a handgun.

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Sergeant Matthew Daley, from the knife crime team, praised the work of his officers.

He said: “This was a great example of pro-active policing acting on suspicions which led to a significant drugs recovery and arrest.

“It’s nice when you’re given a specific task in a specific area and perform in the way that they did.

“They worked superbly as a team and, as a result of their alertness and fortitude, a large quantity of drugs and dangerous weapons have been taken off the streets. They did a tremendous job.”

The drama unfolded after plain-clothed PC Ken Tinley spotted the suspect acting suspiciously after leaving a flat in Forest Road West and then provided a description of him to colleagues in marked police cars, who subsequently arrested him after a pursuit.

That was not the end of the team’s good police work. Following the suspect’s arrest, officers returned to the flat where the suspect had come out of.

More Class A drugs were found in one of the rooms along with £4,000 in cash. A 46-year-woman was then arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

The woman has since been released on bail pending further enquires.

The 41-year-old man arrested following the e-scooter chase has also been released on bail pending further enquiries. He was held on suspicion of a string of offences including possession of an imitation firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

 

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