Dramatic pursuit near Malton: Car smashed into police vehicle and was abandoned on rail line as driver ran off

A man has been arrested after a dramatic pursuit through rural Ryedale which saw a car smash into a police vehicle, then abandoned on a railway line.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 2:04 pm

Police were called at 8.45pm on Tuesday by a farmer south of Malton reporting suspicious activity on their premises.

Concerned that the suspects may be intending to steal equipment or other valuable items, officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group and Operational Support Unit deployed in unmarked vehicles at key locations around the area – and waited.

Their patience paid off when, at about 11.45pm, a Vauxhall Vectra drove past on the B1253 towards Duggleby.

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Police chased this car through Ryedale before finding it abandoned on a railway line.

A pursuit began and the Vectra was driven at high speed, with lights out at times, on to the B1248 Beverley Road, then into and around Norton.

During the pursuit the Vectra collided with a police car, causing minor damage.

Just before 11.55pm, the car was driven onto a railway line where the driver abandoned it and ran off on foot.

Officers immediately deployed a drone and police dog as well as the police helicopter to track him down.

A man was found in a nearby field around half an hour later. The 36-year-old, from the Bradford area, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and drug driving.

Following initial enquiries, he was further arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, a vehicle registration plate offence, criminal damage, burglary and theft from a motor vehicle.

A number of tools and other items were found in the car, which was recovered for forensic examination.

Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted house-to-house enquiries at nearby farms and properties yesterday, making enquiries into any recent thefts and providing security advice.