Emsworth boy, 16, arrested over car crash that led to 'extremely unusual' police chase over Langstone mudflats

POLICE have arrested a 16-year-old boy for drug-driving over a car crash in Hayling Island, which saw the driver attempt to flee across the nearby harbour’s mudflats.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 11:46 am
Updated Sunday, 9th May 2021, 11:55 am

The crash occurred after officers attempted to stop a Vauxhall Astra in Havant Road, Hayling Island, just after 7pm yesterday.

After a short chase, the vehicle hit a wall and the driver ran off.

On Twitter, Hampshire police said officers gave chase in an ‘extremely unusual’ pursuit.

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The crashed Astra and the muddy arrested teenager after the chase across mudflats Pictures: Hampshire police

In a Tweet, an officer said: ‘Brief pursuit in a vehicle, followed by some extremely unusual effort to evade us in a foot chase. 20 minutes through bushes and then into the mudflats at Langstone.

‘Driver detained and requiring a shower.’

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A 16-year-old boy from Emsworth has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to a spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary.

POLICE posted a picture of an officer's muddy boots after the chase Picture: Hampshire police

He said: ‘A 16-year-old boy from Emsworth was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, using a vehicle on a road without third party insurance, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving a vehicle with a proportion of a specific controlled drug above the specified limit.’

He has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

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Police also posted a picture of the shower gel and towels that the teenager was offered back at the station Picture: Hampshire police