Police plea over car near-miss

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A MAN has been arrested after a stolen car was spotted being driven at more than 100mph on the A19.

Police are trying to trace a white vehicle which officers believe almost collided with the car.

The near-miss happened on Monday, when the car, a black VW Golf GTI convertible, was reversing at speed westbound on Church Lane, Murton, just before 11.10pm.

The Golf, registration F869 KGX, was earlier seen travelling north on the A19.

Officers say it reached speeds in excess of 100mph when it passed an unmarked police patrol car.

The patrol car followed as the Golf then travelled along Church Lane, lost control at the top of the hill, spun around and stopped, facing back in the direction of Dalton Park and the A19.

Unable to get past the police car, the driver reversed, causing the driver of a white vehicle travelling towards him to take avoiding action.

A further tactical manoeuvre by the police officer to stop the Golf failed and it sped off again. It was found abandoned 10 minutes later in Doxford Terrace North.

Sergeant Jonathan Morgan said: “After the officer’s attempt to stop the Golf in Murton Village failed, he considered it unsafe to continue pursuing it as it was being driven in such a reckless manner.

“I would urge the driver of the white vehicle to get in touch with us as they may be able to help with our enquiries into this matter.”

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Murton shortly after the incident on suspicion of aggravated taking a vehicle without consent and dangerous driving.

He was questioned at Peterlee Police Station and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to ring Durham Constabulary on 0345 6060 365 and ask for the road policing unit or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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