Driver who led police on 80mph chase across Northamptonshire in the rain was carrying a ‘knuckle knife’

This knuckle knife was recoverd by police after they chased a car 15 miles across Northamptonshire.
This knuckle knife was recoverd by police after they chased a car 15 miles across Northamptonshire.

A car chase that started in Northampton town centre and ended in a village 15 miles away led to three arrests for carrying drugs, possessing a “knuckle knife” and making threats to kill.

PC Will Corlett of the Northamptonshire Roads Policing Unit, who was involved in he chase, said he had first attempted to pull over the vehicle for not having insurance in The Drapery at around 11.45pm on Saturday.

But the car did not stop and instead sped off in a northerly direction, heading along Barrack Road before turning left to take the A5199, speeding through villages such as Chapel Brampton, Creaton and Thornby.

“He was doing upwards of 80 mph,” said PC Corlett. “Which considering the extremely wet weather conditions, the narrow, twisting roads and the dark, was extremely dangerous.”

Police from the EMPOSS (East Midlands Specialist Operations Team) eventually stopped the driver in Welford after the man, in his mid-twenties - had attempted to double-back on himself and head towards the junction of the A14.

When police eventually pulled the car over, the driver - who was later found to be disqualified - made a run for it.

However, PC Corlett added: “The driver tried to run but our police dog got him.”

When the driver was apprehended police found he was carrying a “knuckle knife,” a sharp-bladed weapon with finger grips similar to a knuckle-duster.

A male passenger was also arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, while a woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug. All three were described as being in their mid-twenties.

They were interviewed the following day and have since been released on police bail.

PC Corlett said, the chase was brought to a safe conclusion, though one of the EMPOSS cars had to make contact with the black Seat to bring it to a halt.

He said: “A pursuit certainly doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, we have the resources and the expertise to bring it to a safe end.”

“There was no danger to the public and it was brought to a safe end with only minimal damage to a police car.”