Boy, 17, charged after police road chase

Police have charged a teenager with multiple driving offences after leading them on a high speed chase through parts of the borough.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:05 am
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:08 am

GMP officers were on patrol in Leigh yesterday morning, Sunday February 28, when they noticed a car being driven suspiciously. When they tried to pull the motorist over, the vehicle fled at speed, and a pursuit ensued.

The car was chased from Leigh into Atherton, then on to Little Hulton where specialist advanced police drivers, who are trained in bringing pursuits to a safe end, took over.

The car driver continued his getaway attempts through residential streets before abandoning the vehicle in Leverhulme Avenue in Great Lever, Bolton.

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Police have charged a 17-year-old boy with multiple driving offences

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot because he is under 18, was tracked down using sniffer dogs, and was arrested. He was later charged with driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance, and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order.

On social media, the police said: "A 17 year old boy from Bolton has been charged with a number of offences in relation to a pursuit between Leigh and Bolton earlier today.

"Just after 1130 [yesterday], #Response officers from #Leigh saw a vehicle acting suspiciously. When the officers attempt to stop the vehicle it made off from them at speed. The officers then commenced the initial stages of the pursuit, following it through Atherton and into Little Hulton before specialist advanced drivers from #SRTT, trained in bring pursuits to a safe conclusion took over.

"The vehicle was then pursued through residential streets in Little Hulton and then Farnworth before the occupants abandoned the vehicle on Leverhulme Avenue in Great Lever.

"Other officers arrive to contain the area and the driver is detained shortly after following a successful track from @GMPDogs.

"Officers from #BoltonWest and #BoltonNorth neighborhood teams then took over the investigation, obtaining CCTV from along the route, speaking to witness' and interviewing the suspect.

"Later this evening the boy was charged with:

- Driving whilst disqualified

- Breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

- Dangerous Driving

- Fail to stop

- Driving without insurance

"The boy, who cannot be named due to his age has been remanded in custody to attend the next available court."

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