England

BMW in 140mph M25 chase

  • 20 June 2012
  • From the section England

A car travelled at speeds of up to 140mph during a police pursuit on the M25 south of London.

Police cars and a force helicopter chased the BMW coupe as it sped from the Thames Valley area into Surrey, officers said.

A rolling road block was put in place at junction six, near Godstone, to slow traffic down before a stinger device was used to stop the BMW.

A 36-year-old man from London has been arrested.

He was being questioned on suspicion of failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

Officers used a stinger - a strip of sharp spikes placed across the carriageway - to puncture the car's tyres before surrounding it with police vehicles and bringing it to a complete halt.

The motorway was closed for 10 minutes while tyre and wheel debris was cleared away.

A Surrey Police spokesperson said: "A silver BMW coupe had been pursued by officers in both Thames Valley and the Metropolitan Police areas in connection with criminal offences, when it entered Surrey on the M25 around 2:40am.

"Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, supported by the Surrey Police helicopter, pursued the car on to the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway, where it travelled at speeds believed to be around 140mph.

"Due to the danger posed by the suspect vehicle, a decision was taken to safely stop the pursuit as soon as possible."

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