NEWS: Three arrested near Leek after lengthy pursuit

Just after 3am today, Friday 4 December, officers on routine patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on the southbound A500 but it failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

Colleagues from the National Police Air Support (helicopter) and the force’s Dog Support Unit were quickly on hand to assist officers on the ground.

Over the next 25 minutes the vehicle travelled up to 20 miles and reached speeds of 80mph. During the journey unknown items were thrown from the suspect vehicle as it led officers on a zigzag tour of the city before heading towards Leek.

Fortunately, the vehicle was stopped in its tracks when a stinger was deployed at Ladderedge and the three male occupants were arrested.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop, aggravated vehicle taking and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A – cocaine.

The passengers, two Stoke-on-Trent men aged 18 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences (class A) and taking a motor vehicle without the owners consent. The 22-year-old is also suspected of causing criminal damage to the police vehicle.

The men remain in custody for questioning.

If you have any information on this incident please contact DC Michael Hall at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 62 of December 4. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.