Car ends up in river after police chase

A CAR being chased by police ended up in the River Great Ouse after a late-night collision on Wednesday. It is believed that the car, which had been carrying four teenage occupants, was shunted into the River Great Ouse by the pursuing police car. No one

A CAR being chased by police ended up in the River Great Ouse after a late-night collision on Wednesday.

It is believed that the car, which had been carrying four teenage occupants, was shunted into the River Great Ouse by the pursuing police car.

No one was seriously injured in the incident and all four occupants of the car, including two 13-year-old girls, were arrested.

It is not clear if any of the teenagers were still in the car when it entered the river in The Hollow, Huntingdon at about 1.30am.


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Neighbour Mark Ty-Wharton said: "I was woken up by the sound of a car skidding outside my house and immediately thought someone was going to end up in the river.

"There was a gap of five seconds or so then I heard another car crunch into the first and it ended up in the river.

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"I went to call the police but they were already there and I could see that the front of the police car was crumpled and it was right on the edge of the river."

Eyewitnesses report that two mobile cranes attended the scene to recover the vehicle from the water at about 3am.

Another neighbour added: "It was an accident waiting to happen; we get boy racers skidding round here all the time. It was only a matter of time before someone ended up in the river."

A police spokesman said: "The control room received reports of people making off without payment (from a shop) shortly after midnight on Wednesday, May 30.

"Officers identified a car believed to be involved, and following a short pursuit the occupants were arrested in an area of Hartford, near Huntingdon.

"A collision took place during this incident and the circumstances surrounding this are being investigated.

"Two 13-year-old girls, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, all from Huntingdon, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking without consent.

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