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Learner driver Mia Cuddington speaks out after police chase interrupts lesson

A learner driver has spoken of the moment she was stopped in her tracks during a lesson by a high-speed police chase.

Mia Cuddington, 17, was 30 minutes into a two-hour session with Darren Willett, of Willett’s School of Motoring, last Wednesday when she was faced with nootheroption but to stop as a Subarucarwas headed straight towards them.

But when the oncoming car was just yards away from hitting Darren’s Hyundai i30 in Cecil Avenue, Sheerness, its driver decided to mount the kerb and go along the pavement with two police cars in pursuit.

Mia Cuddington, 17, with driving instructor Darren Willett of Willet's School of Motoring in Sheerness
Mia Cuddington, 17, with driving instructor Darren Willett of Willet's School of Motoring in Sheerness

When asked what she thought when she saw the car coming straight for her, Mia, from Sheerness, said: “I felt panicky and scared as it was only my third lesson. I’m still getting used to the road and driving so I didn’t know what to do or where to move the car to avoid obstruction. I thought there was going to be a potential collision between me and the Subaru as it was coming straight towards me at speed.”

She added: “I was still in shock as it is something I never expected to happen to me. I felt like I had got in the way of the police and potentially put pedestrians in danger as they had to go up onto the kerb. Luckily it was not nice weather so there weren’t many people about.”

The shocking moment the police chase interrupts Mia's driving lesson

Mia said she drove around the corner after the ordeal but had to finish the lesson early as she was still shaking and not in a fit state to drive – however, she said it has not put her off driving.

The police pursuit in Cecil Avenue, Sheerness
The police pursuit in Cecil Avenue, Sheerness

The car was seen being chased through a number of roads including Marine Parade, Unity Street and Vincent Gardens.

The pursuit started after officers tried to stop an uninsured car in Richmond Street. It did not stop and was pursued to Minster Road, Minster, where it was abandoned.

An 18-year-old man, from Sheerness, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without a licence or insurance and possession of cannabis.

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