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Crackdown on 'reckless' joyriders
BRIDPORT Police have vowed to use all the powers they have to stop joyriders after three high-speed chases in one day.
One 19-year-old was stopped with a ‘stinger’ after reaching speeds up to 100mph.
Police believe the drivers are driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Bridport police inspector Mike Darby, pictured right, warned: “We know who you are, and we know who is allowing you the use of their cars and this is not something that we will allow to continue.” He vowed police would use all their resources to stop those putting lives at risk.
He said over the past few months vehicles have being driven dangerously and recklessly at weekends, specifically on Sundays.
Ins Darby said: “The group of people in them are joyriding and driving the vehicles in a way that can only result in serious injury to either them or an innocent member of the public.
“The people driving these vehicles are drink or drug driving.
“We know who they are and where they are getting the vehicles from.”
Last weekend Bridport Police got into three separate high-speed pursuits of the vehicles being used by the group.
In the early hours of Sunday, October 6, a 19-year-old woman was stopped by police driving one of the vehicles being used by the group known to police. The same woman had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving the previous weekend following a crash on the A35 just after midnight.
Later last Sunday afternoon police again tried to stop the vehicles they were using and this time the vehicles failed to stop.
One chase led officers up to speeds of 100mph on the A35.
The driver of that vehicle, a 19-year-old man, was subsequently caught after the vehicle was demobilised by a ‘stinger’ unit and the driver was arrested for various offences.
He is now on police bail.
Insp Darby added that a number of other people have been identified as being involved in the driving of the vehicles, and police believe they have committed serious offences.
He said: “They are in the process of being formally spoken to by police and enquiries are continuing to arrest and prosecute people for these offences.”
Insp Darby added: “When people decide that it’s fun to take a car they are not allowed to drive and drive when drunk or on drugs, driving recklessly on the roads around Bridport putting people’s lives in real and significant danger, then Bridport police will deal with them robustly with all resources available to us.
“To the people who do this and the people who assist them by allowing them the use of their vehicles, we will not be looking to deal with these offences leniently but will be looking to prosecute at every opportunity.”