Driver leaps into canal to escape police

Published: Monday, 14 January 2019

THE driver of his crashed car leaped into the Erewash Canal to escape police.

The motorist, who was being chased by the police had crashed into five cars before turning the car over, clambering out then leaping into the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre, Alan Tilbury reports.

SandiacreCrashDragged out of canal

But the police caught up with him and he was arrested after being dragged out of the canal and taken into custody on Saturday afternoon.

The police had been chasing him as the Vauxhall Corsa failed to stop after they realised he was driving on false number plates. The driver eventually lost control and hit a tree by the side of the waterway causing the car to turn over. (Photograph by Derbyshire Policing Unit.)

Woman and baby in car

He left a woman and a baby in the car who had to be taken to hospital for treatment, but were later released having had no serious injuries.