White-van man in high-speed chase

A VAN driver led police on a high-speed car chase through Batley before being arrested on suspicion of three separate offences.

The 36-year-old failed to stop for officers on Cross Bank Road just before 11pm on Sunday. He led five police cars on a dangerous chase through surrounding roads before abandoning his white Ford Transit Tipper van on Smithies Moor Crescent.

Eyewitness Ben Rhodes said the driver then fled on foot with two police cars in pursuit, while the rest of the officers parked up and continued the chase on foot.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “At 10.52pm, officers on patrol spotted a white Ford Transit tipper van driving on Cross Bank Road in Batley. The van made off from officers and the vehicle was abandoned on Smithies Moor Crescent.

“One male, aged 36, was arrested nearby on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving and possession of a class A drug. He remains in custody.”

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has any further information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 13190317979.

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