Drugs recovered after 100mph A1 police chase - with toddler in the back seat

A driver was chased by police at over 140mph - with a three-year-old child in the back seat.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 10:10 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 12:16 pm

Police say at around 4.25pm on Tuesday they began following a a grey Audi A4 that failed to stop for them on a north-bound carriageway.

When the car was finally stopped by police they recovered a large quantity of cannabis and found a three-year-old child was also inside.

The car was chased as it headed north on the A1 near Catterick, North Yorks.

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It then travelled back south through road-works at speeds over 100mph, weaving in and out of traffic and onto the hard shoulder.

Police say that two occupants, a man aged 31 and a woman aged 22, both from Rotherham, South Yorks., were arrested at the scene following the dramatic chase where Tactical Pursuit And Containment (TPaC) tactics were used to stop the car.

Taking to Twitter, North Yorkshire Police RPG posted: “Unbelievably we also found a 3yr old child in the rear seat! Subsequent house searches lead 2 recovery of more drugs.Investigation ongoing.”

Now North Yorkshire Police is appealing for motorists who witnessed a police pursuit on the A1 between Scotch Corner and Boston Spa on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to come forward.

A police spokesperson said: “A number of motorists will have witnessed the suspect vehicle’s manner of driving and officers are appealing to them to come forward including any that were hit by the vehicle.

“Some motorists have come forward already and officers are trying to trace others. Anyone who has not yet spoken to the police is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Harrogate Serious Crime Team.”

The two occupants remain in police custody.