Saturday 3 December 2016

Police appeal to trace learner driver who gave officers a lift

Published 14/10/2016 | 17:51

The woman driver pulled over after being flagged down by the officers
The woman driver pulled over after being flagged down by the officers

Police are hoping to trace a learner driver who gave two police officers a lift to a scene where a suspect was holed up hiding from their colleagues.

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The woman driver, who was having a lesson with an instructor, pulled over after being flagged down by the officers as they ran towards the scene, the Kingston branch of the Metropolitan Police said.

The suspect had been evading two officers of the Chessington Safer Neighbourhood team, who had seen him "acting suspiciously" in the Merritt Gardens area at around 8pm on Thursday, and was hiding from them until a member of the public pointed him out.

The officers called for back-up and two of their colleagues, who did not have a police car, decided to run the 1.2 miles from the Chessington patrol base to the scene to help.

They flagged down passing cars as they ran, and the learner was the first to stop.

A post on Kingston Police's Facebook page said: "As expected the learner driver drove safely and along with her instructor remained calm throughout the journey. She dropped the officers off near to the scene and they ran the last part.

"The officers got to the suspect just in time and helped with the arrest.

"Sadly we were unable to say thank you to the members of the public that assisted us last night. However we would like to trace them so we can say thank you properly."

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