York man charged with car theft after police pursuit

The stolen car was spotted by a police safety camera van operator. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police
11 May 2020 @ 3.40 pm
| Crime

A suspected car thief was arrested by police just half an hour after a vehicle was stolen in York.

A Volkswagen Golf was taken from outside a business address in Micklegate at around 7.30pm yesterday.

A North Yorkshire Police safety camera van operator initially identified the stolen car as it passed, then officers located and pursued the vehicle.

It was stopped a few miles later using the tactical pursuit and containment (TPAC) pursuit driving method – when police vehicles surround the target vehicle and box it in, then reduce their speed to stop it safely.

A man in his 40s from York was arrested and taken into custody at 8pm yesterday (Sunday).

He has been charged with taking a vehicle without consent and driving without an appropriate licence or insurance and has been released on bail to appear in court next month.