Young child and dog driven at 150mph in attempt to escape police

Date published: 15 May 2024

A three-year-old child and a dog were inside a car driven at 150mph in a high-speed police chase yesterday evening (Tuesday 14 May).

The pursuit began on Bury New Road, Heywood at around 7.00pm and was pursued through Rochdale, towards Whitworth and then back towards Rochdale.

The vehicle, an Audi A3, ended up crashing into a lamp post on Bentley Street in Rochdale at 7.10pm, where officers discovered cannabis inside the car, along with the dog and the child.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

The child has been taken into police protection, and the dog has been seized for its own protection.

Inspector Richard Shelton, of GMP's Rochdale district, said: “This is extremely dangerous levels of offending and I’m thankful to report that no one was hurt during this pursuit.

“The reckless actions of these offenders have put a three-year-old child at risk, as well as members of the public going about their daily business.

“The speeds reached are beyond unacceptable and I am pleased that our officers acted swiftly to secure these arrests, bring the child into police protection and seize the vehicle.”

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