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11th Mar 2022

Driver who led police on 35-mile chase only had Legoland ‘licence’

Charlie Herbert

He’s been arrested on driving and drug-related offences

A man who led police on a 35-mile car chase from London to Kent only had a Legoland “driving license.”

The pursuit involved two police forces and a helicopter and only came to an end when the 21-year-old driver ran out of petrol.

The Met police had tried to pull the grey Audi A1 over on the A2 in Bexley, southeast London but the driver fled down the dual carriageway away from the capital.

This led to a 30-minute car chase, which Kent Police then took over. A helicopter was also tracking the Audi from the air.

Eventually, the driver stopped in the seaside town of Minster in the early hours of February 28 for fuel.

Officers searched his car and found that the only form of identification he had was a Legoland Driving School license, a fictional photo ID given to children who pass an imitation driving lesson at the theme park.

Police also found a “large amount of cannabis.”

A spokesperson for the force said: “During the early hours of Monday, February 28 2022, officers requested a vehicle to stop on the A2 in Bexley.

“It was pursued to the Isle of Sheppey and after running out of fuel stopped in Bell Farm Lane, Minster.

“A 21-year-old man from Sheerness was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, possession of a class B drug, driving with no insurance and driving with no licence.

“He has been released on bail until September 1 2022.”

Sergeant Glen Walker, of National Police Air Service London, said the NPAS helicopter was deployed at around 2.15am on February 28 to support Met officers on the A2.

“We kept the car in our sight the whole time as it travelled at high speed to the Isle of Sheppey, and directed officers to its final location with ongoing commentary and lighting up the area with our powerful Nitesun,” he said.

“This is a great example of air support working directly with officers on the ground to ensure that there is nowhere for suspects to escape to.

“Our high-quality camera, mapping and lighting systems are powerful tools in tracking, and ultimately, apprehending suspects, as was shown in this case.

“A good result all round.”

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