Van driver who led police on 100mph chase arrested after being caught in Leicestershire

Video footage, released by Leicestershire Police, depicts a high-speed car pursuit through Wigston.

Two men in a white Ford Transit van with fake registration plates were caught driving at 100mph to evade the police.

The van was intercepted by officers in Welford Road on Wednesday 12 April but continued into Wistow in Leicestershire.The chase went on for nearly around 25 minutes before the van came to a halt in a cul-de-sac in the Thurnby Lodge area.

A speedometer on the footage shows the police reaching around 80mph to keep up with the van.

The footage also shows the van being tracked from he National Police Air Service (NPAS).

After coming to a stop and attempting to evade arrest, James Ward, 33, was arrested in an outbuilding.

Ward of Ocean Road, Leicester pleaded guilty to all charges at Leicester Magistrates’ Court last month expect the failing to stop charge which was discontinued.

He was sentenced to 22 months in prison at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (12 May).  He was also disqualified from driving for six years and will be required to take an extended retest after this period.

The second man was also arrested nearby and released on bail. He has been since been released with no further action.

Ward was charged with eight different offences. Those include:

  • Driving a motor vehicle dangerously

  • Using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance

  • Failing to stop

  • Fraudulently use a registration mark/registration document

  • Driving whilst disqualified

  • Failing to provide specimen

  • Criminal damage

  • Possessing a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis

"Speeds close to 100mph"

PC Sophie Hancock, from Leicestershire Police, said, "the joint effort of all those involved in the arrest of Ward are an excellent example of operational policing and team work at its best."While our road policing officers, who drive at the highest level of skill and precision, pursued the vehicle, our colleagues at NPAS used their knowledge and expertise to tracking the vehicle and with the assistance of local neighbourhood officers on the ground arrests were made."The assistance of NPAS was also crucial in identifying which man was driving the vehicle as they were able to observe which side of the vehicle Ward left and track him up until his arrest placing him as the driver.

"Ward chose to drive in a dangerous and irresponsible manner, often at speeds close to 100mph, along main routes across the county and city which were full with motorists at the time.

"It’s extremely fortunate that he did not collide with any vehicles or anyone crossing the road.

"He has now been left with a string of driving convictions as well a period of time in prison for the sake of less than thirty minutes of reckless behaviour."