Police dodge washing machine dropped by reckless van driver in Worthing pursuit

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Three men have been arrested following a police pursuit in Worthing yesterday (Tuesday, 24).

Officers said they received a report of a van driving recklessly, hitting two vehicles on Lanfranc Road at around 4.30pm, before driving off.

The van was located in Goring, where it did not stop, resulting in a police pursuit with the help of The National Police Air Service helicopter.

Police said a washing machine was dropped from the rear doors of the van into the path of the officers’ vehicle.

They were able to brake and avoid a collision.

The chase continued through Lancing and onto the A27 in Worthing, where the vehicle was stopped and the three occupants were arrested.

A man, 18, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of  dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving while under the influence of drugs.

Another man, 18, from Worthing, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop after a road traffic collision, failing to stop for police, common assault on an emergency worker, dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs.

A 16-year-old boy from Worthing was also arrested on suspicion of common assault on an emergency worker, dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and failing to stop for police.

They all remain in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting serial 807 of 24/03.

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