Stinger deployed to stop dangerous driver
In December 2016, police along with support from National Police Air Service (NPAS) responded to reports of a man driving a high-performance Ford focus ST 2.5 Turbo around the Bude area in a dangerous fashion.
The driver refused to stop on several occasions, and both armed response units and officers from the roads policing team attended the scene
The vehicle was eventually brought to a halt after the stinger was deployed and the Ford Focus being boxed in to stop.
24-year-old Thomas Johnson from Bude was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court in March, to nine months in jail suspended for two years, 200 hour community service plus 20 days rehab activity.
Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith commented: “We will not tolerate dangerous driving and in cases where people fail to stop for the police, we will despatch highly trained pursuit drivers, air support and as in this case, stingers, to bring the pursuit to a resolution”.