A number of response and patrol teams set off from Godshill earlier this morning (Tuesday) in pursuit of a Ford Focus ST – but on this occasion, the vehicle was actually being driven by a highly trained Police officer.
Using a mix of country lanes and fast open roads between Godshill and Chale, Police carried out a pursuit exercise before then practising how to deploy a stinger.
The training, which is vital to Policing on the Island, was conducted safely but as realistically as possible, as it is important officers can put their skills to use in a live environment.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“We put a lot of work in to disrupting crime and where necessary we will look to take vehicles off the road, even if this means pursuing a vehicle that will not stop when asked to do so.
“There are not many places to go on an Island…
“If you do try to make off or ditch your car, expect to be followed by a police officer and/or a police dog and/or the helicopter with its heat-seeking, night vision camera. We have various tools at our disposal”.