Car chase through village

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A MAN is due to appear in court after a police pursuit through a village.

Alex Dobbing, 34, of Burdon Walk, Castle Eden, has been charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was arrested after an alleged incident last Thursday when a silver Vauxhall Astra van was spotted driving erratically in Newbottle.

A police chase followed and the vehicle was brought to a stop in Halliwell Street at about 9.30pm.

Dobbing was due to appear before Sunderland magistrates today.

Police are continuing investigations into the incident and have urged anyone with information to contact Durham police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.