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Gravesend boy, 16, arrested after police chase ends with patrol car crashing into vehicle in Sittingbourne

05 February 2014
by Hayley Robinson

A teenage boy has been arrested after a police car chase through Sittingbourne.

The 16-year-old, from Gravesend, was held after a Citroen Saxo failed to stop for officers on the A2 near Teynham yesterday afternoon.

He is accused of stealing a car, having no insurance, dangerous driving, causing a danger to road users and two counts of a road traffic offence.

The scene of the crash following the police chase

The scene of the crash following the police chase. Picture: Callum O'Grady

The youngster was also questioned on suspicion of failing to stop for police and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence - as well as possession of herbal cannabis. 

He has been released on police bail until Friday, March 28 pending further inquiries.
A man and woman also arrested have been released without charge.
 
Kent Police said the pursuit started when the yellow car failed to stop for officers at about 12.35pm. 
 
It is believed up to seven police cars were involved in the incident.
The police chase involved a busy Sittingbourne street

The police chase involved a busy Sittingbourne street

 
Witnesses said it was travelling along East Street heading towards Bell Road in Sittingbourne when it hit a car in a parking bay close to Bournes Funeral Service. 
 
A police vehicle is then said to have gone into the back of it. Two patrol cars and a dog unit were also seen travelling the wrong way along the one-way street before the impact. 
 
The road was closed to traffic until about 1.30pm while the vehicle was recovered.
The scene of the crash following the police chase

The scene of the crash following the police chase. Picture: Callum O'Grady

 
Catherine Beak, who works as a funeral arranger at Bournes, said: "We heard lots and lots of noise because the sirens were going. 
 
"By the time we got to the window they were pulling out a man and manhandling him all the way down the road, then they had him over the bonnet of the police car just outside us. It was facing up East Street.
 
"Another man was standing by the council office entrance in handcuffs with a policeman. Apparently there was a girl as well but I didn't see her. I would say they looked in their early 20s.
 
"The dogs were sniffing around the car and they were marking the road as well."

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