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Police use 'stinger' device to deflate tyre of disqualified driver in stolen car in County Durham

Lee Chapman Credit: Durham Police

A disqualified driver led police on a three-mile high-speed pursuit in a car taken after a house burglary three days earlier, a court has heard.

Lee Anthony Chapman was driving above the speed limit on country roads in County Durham and made a series of manoeuvres described as 'risky' in a bid to escape the police.

He was eventually stopped when officers deployed a 'stinger' device to deflate the tyres of the vehicle.

Chapman, from West Auckland was driving a Ford Mondeo previously stolen during a '2 in 1' burglary in March 2017.

The 23-year-old, whose previous motoring convictions meant he was already supposed to be banned from the roads until at least 2021, was jailed for a total of 20 months at Durham Crown Court earlier this week.

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