Teen arrested after police chase involving helicopter

A teenager arrested by police in Tyrone following a pursuit that saw a police helicopter scrambled may have been involved in an incident in Derry yesterday, the PSNI have said.

By Kevin Mullan
Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 12:59 pm

Police arrested the 19-year-old following an incident in Plumbridge last night, Tuesday, August 2.

Officers from the PSNI's Sperrin North Neighbourhood Team were on patrol in the Main Street area of the village at around 8pm when they stopped a grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat.

Enquiries revealed the same vehicle may have been involved in an incident on Letterkenny Road in Derry earlier in the day. As police were dealing with the incident last night, the driver of the vehicle drove off.

A police helicopter was scrambled during the pursuit.

A police pursuit resulted in the vehicle coming to a stop on Curlyhill Road in Strabane. Officers, with assistance from the police helicopter, subsequently located and detained the 19-year-old-man who had made off from the vehicle.

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He was arrested on suspicion of offences, including dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and having no driving licence. He remains in custody at this time.

Sergeant Caldwell said: "This is a great example of proactive policing, involving our District Neighbourhood officers and our Air Support Unit."

Police appeal to anyone who may have captured the movements of the Volkswagen Passat prior to, or after 8pm to get in touch by calling 101, and quoting reference number 1760 of 02/08/22.

You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/