Police officer smashes Washington joyrider’s windscreen

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A DANGEROUS driver failed to stop at a roundabout despite a police officer smashing the windscreen with his baton.

Police in Washington are appealing for witnesses after the incident at about 1.50pm on Saturday.

Officers wanted to carry out a routine check on a blue Volkswagon Golf GTi on the roundabout of the A194 and A1231 at Usworth, but the driver of the vehicle came off refused to stop.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police, said: “In an attempt to stop the vehicle a police officer used his baton to smash the car windscreen. However, the car continued and drove off into on-coming traffic.”

The car was found in Birtley.