Brother and sister ‘feared for their lives’ after they were almost hit in police chase in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 June 2018

An unmarked police car cut off the Citroen Xsara on Ber Street just before the junction with the City Road Picture: Charlie Coe

An unmarked police car cut off the Citroen Xsara on Ber Street just before the junction with the City Road Picture: Charlie Coe

Charlie Coe

A brother and sister said they ‘feared for their lives’ after they were almost hit by a 25-year-old Citroen driver being chased by police in the centre of Norwich.

Police officers detained the man after pursuing him from Rosary Road to Ber Street on Thursday evening at around 5.30pm.

Officers in two police cars pursued the driver to Ber Street between the junctions of City Road and Finkelgate, where they cut off and then detained him.

Darren Chambers and his sister were crossing Ber Street next to the entrance to the John Lewis car park when the vehicles involved in the pursuit raced past them as they stood on a road island.

Mr Chambers said: “We both feared for our lived and did not know which way to move - you would not expect this in a city like Norwich.

“The car being chased hit the corner of the island in front of me and the tyre exploded on impact. Debris flew into the air with us not knowing what it was or where it would land. The car then sped at extreme speed behind us.”

The incident, which happened at the heart of rush hour yesterday, came to an abrupt end when the driver hit the curb and was cornered close to the City Road junction.

Mr Chambers said: “To say we were shook up is an understatement. We would have both been killed on impact.”

It had begun on Rosary Road on the east side of the River Wensum 10 minutes earlier when the driver’s Citroen Xsara failed to stop.

Officers in unmarked cars then briefly lost the driver for approximately three minutes, before relocating him on Plumstead Road and eventually cornering him on Ber Street.

A sniffer dog was brought to the scene to search the car after the incident and officers arrested the man, who did not flee.

The unmarked car that performed the stop received a slight dent as a result of the stop.

A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: “The driver has been arrested for a number of offences, including drug driving and is currently awaiting interview at Wymondham PIC.

“We are appealing that if any members of the public happen to have any dashcam footage to get in touch.

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