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 Dangerous teenage driver caught by police


​A dangerous teenage driver has been caught by police.

On Tuesday afternoon (April 28), response officers in Peterlee noticed a Volkswagen Bora travelling at high speed on Acre Rigg Road.

The vehicle failed to stop for the officers, and the officers pursued the car through Peterlee and Easington.

During the pursuit, the vehicle drove well in excess of the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road, across a playground and across fields where members of the public were walking their dogs.

Officers from the response team worked with traffic officers from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU), the bike section and Peterlee CID, which resulted in the vehicle being stopped with a stinger in Easington.

Two men ran from the vehicle but were detained and brought into custody in Peterlee.

Connor Dodds, of Johnson Close, Peterlee, was charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

The 19-year-old was remanded in custody to appear before magistrates today via videolink, where he admitted the offences.

He will appear at Durham Crown Court on June 2 for sentencing.

Peterlee response inspector, Joanne Malkin, said: “This is a great bit of teamwork from all departments, including response, CID and the roads policing unit, who have worked together to take a dangerous driver off the road.

“We will not tolerate drivers who think they can flout the rules of the road and take advantage of the quieter roads during lockdown.”

The 24-year-old man who was also arrested has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.