Man arrested after narrow misses during high-speed police chase in Wensleydale

A man has been arrested after a high-speed police pursuit along the A684 in Wensleydale today.

The motorist in a stolen car was involved in a number of near misses with members of the public during the chase.

At about 9am today, North Yorkshire Police said they received a report that a car had been stolen from Skipton in Craven.

Officers from the force’s Specialist Operations team deployed to the area, and enquiries led them to Catterick and then Leyburn.

Police say the stolen car was sighted driving dangerously, and was involved in a number of near-misses with other members of the public.

One resident said the vehicle narrowly missed an elderly couple crossing the road in Leyburn.

Officers deployed a stinger, and were able to bring the car safely to a halt in Swinithwaite at about 11.30am.

The driver, a man in his 20s, ran off on foot, but police chased after him, and he was detained a short time later.

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, drug driving and possession of drugs.

He remains in custody at this time, while enquiries continue.

Inspector Mark Gee, from North Yorkshire Police, said: “I am very grateful that no members of the public were hurt, and for the co-operation and understanding of the local community while we brought this incident to a safe conclusion.”