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Stinger device used to stop stolen car
Saturday 31st May, 2008

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after officers in Wigan used a stinger to stop a stolen car in the early hours of this morning.

Earlier yesterday, Friday 30 May 2008, a Peugeot 307 was stolen from outside a house on Glenbank Close in Liverpool.

At about 4am today, Saturday 31 May 2008, this car was involved in a minor injury fail to stop collision in the Orrell area of Wigan.

An officer on patrol in the area then saw the car being driven at high speeds along Moor Road.

Other patrols were tasked to look out for the car, and it was spotted again being driven along Garswood Road near to Haydock.

Officers began a pursuit of the car, activating their emergency equipment. The stolen car went through several sets of lights and reached 70mph in parts of the pursuit.

However, the car was disabled when it drove over a stinger device placed at the junction of Atherton Road and Leigh Road by traffic officers. All four tyres were punctured.

The driver lost control of the car in an attempt to avoid the stinger, damaging two parked cars on the street as he did so.

When the car finally stopped the driver got out and ran, but he was arrested nearby on suspicion of aggravated taking without consent and several driving offences.

The 20-year-old remains in police custody for questioning.

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