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policepursuitnightA man from Cowes led Police on a 30-minute pursuit in the West Wight area on Saturday night, which led to stingers being deployed in a bid to stop the driver.

As first reported by Island Echo, reports of a heightened Police presence in Freshwater came through on Saturday evening, followed shortly by multiple further reports from readers of a pursuit on Afton Road and later through nearby Brook.

Island Echo understand that trained Police units were involved in pursuing a Red Mitsubishi Colt before stingers were deployed to deflate the vehicle’s tires near to Military Road. The pursuit ended on Middle Road near to the quiet village of Brook when the car suffered a mechanical breakdown. As tweeted late on Saturday night, reports received of a road traffic incident occurring on Middle Road is understood to be this incident at the time when an arrest was made.

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The driver, Simon Cant, 30, of Alexandra Road, Cowes, was arrested and held in custody for questioning until yesterday evening (Sunday) and has been charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving, failing to stop for Police and driving without insurance. He will appear in front of the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday 25th March.

Cant, who was also involved in a RTI on Military Road when his vehicle left the carriageway and entered a field just 10 days ago, is back on the Island’s roads today.

This incident is not connected to reports of suspicious activity in the Solent Gardens area of Freshwater, which prompted a Police response earlier the same evening. It is reported that an unknown person’s behaviour has been causing alarm for residents, however further information is currently unavailable.

Anyone with information to either incident is asked to contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Photo by Shane Thornton

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