Police cars rammed during high-speed pursuit through ring road traffic

September 07 2021
Police cars rammed during high-speed pursuit through ring road traffic

POLICE are trying to trace the occupants of a car which rammed two police vehicles and drove dangerously for at least four miles before disappearing.

The car hit several other vehicles on the A4174 Avon Ring Road and was driven the wrong way around a roundabout before evading the pursuing officers.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said the incident started shortly after 2.30pm yesterday, when officers spotted a wanted man in a car on Westerleigh Road in Yate.

The silver Seat Leon then rammed two police cars, before driving off at speed.

The spokesperson said: "It was then driven dangerously on the A4174 towards Keynsham, colliding with a number of vehicles and driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

"Additional units were deployed and pursued the vehicle for a short distance before losing sight of it.

"The police helicopter was also called in to assist in the search but they were unable to locate it."

Witnesses writing on social media reported seeing the car undertaking traffic on the ring road using a layby near the Bristol and Bath Science Park, before driving the wrong way around the Siston Hill roundabout near Mangotsfield.

Up to eight police cars were seen in Mangotsfield, New Cheltenham Road and Syston Way and there were also sightings of the car in Kingswood.

Police have not revealed the identity of the man they are looking for but say he is wanted on recall to prison.

The spokesperson added: "Thankfully, we’ve not had reports of any vehicles being significantly damaged or anyone sustaining any significant injuries.

"Enquiries to locate the driver of the vehicle and the wanted man are ongoing.

"Anyone who witnessed any part of the incident, or who has any other information which could help us locate those inside the vehicle, is asked to call 101."

Witnesses should quote the crime reference number 5221 206 396.