Range rover rammed by police in Essex poaching chase

Police officers from the rural engagement unit bring a Range Rover safely to a stop in Enfield after a 40-minute, high-speed pursuit along mainly rural roads from north-west Essex.

Essex Police Rural Engagement Team officers in two marked patrol vehicles had first come across the vehicle when called to reports of people in a Range Rover trespassing in pursuit of game.

The Range Rover left the scene but was located by a National Police Air Service helicopter shortly afterwards and officers attempted to stop it.

But the driver failed to do so, hitting one of the police vehicles and disabling it in the process.

The officer in the second vehicle tracked the Range Rover as it reached speeds of 70mph in 30mph speed limits, forcing other drivers and a cyclist to take evasive action as it travelled through red traffic signals, on the wrong side of the carriageway and on pavements at times.

In Enfield in north London, Metropolitan Police vehicles arrived to assist but the vehicle continued to be driven dangerously in a heavily-populated urban area and a second, unmarked, Essex Police vehicle was rammed.

The pursuit was ended 40 minutes after it had started by one of our rural engagement officers, who brought the Range Rover safely to a stop and arrested the driver on suspicion of dangerous driving.

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At court, after admitting driving dangerously and without insurance, he was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for five years. The officer suffered minor injuries in the collision and received hospital treatment but was back on duty the next day.

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