THE suspect held over the murder of a Sheffield mum and her daughter was arrested after the car he was driving ploughed into a group of students on a night out in the city centre.
Police swooped on the BMW X5 after it careered into a group of students on Fornham Street – 50 minutes after a man was seen running barefoot from the house where Tracy Donnelly, aged 42, and her daughter Louise, 23, were later found dead.
Officers chased the 25-year-old man’s car through the streets of Sheffield city centre after being alerted to the collision at 2.50am on Tuesday.
He was eventually arrested on suspicion of motoring offences when he crashed the car into a fence at the junction of Edmund Road and St Mary’s Road, Highfield.
The man was re-arrested on suspicion of murder a few hours later, following the discovery of two dead bodies in a house on Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley, at 7.40am that day.
Tracy and her daughter Louise – who was pregnant with her first child – were killed together. Tracy’s four-year-old son Daniel was in the house at the time.
Neighbours saw the weeping youngster being carried away by a police officer after a relative made the grim discovery and raised the alarm.
Details of how the women died have not yet been released, but post-mortem examinations were carried out yesterday.
The suspect being quizzed over the deaths was still in custody last night, after police chiefs were granted an extension to the amount of time they can hold him for before charging, bailing or releasing him.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Detectives are investigating a collision between a car and three pedestrians as part of their ongoing inquiry into the deaths of two women at an address on Ironside Road.
“The collision is believed to have taken place on Fornham Street in Sheffield city centre around 2.50am on Tuesday.
“A black BMW X5 is said to have struck three pedestrians and left the scene.
“A 20-year-old man sustained a broken arm as a result of the collision. Another 20-year-old man received a graze to a leg and a 19-year-old man sustained bruising to an arm.
“The BMW X5 was sighted a short time later by police, leading to a short pursuit which ended when the car collided with a fence at the junction between Edmund Road and St Mary’s Road.
“The driver of the X5 – a 25-year-old man from the Sheffield area – was arrested on suspicion of motoring offences and detained in custody.
“He was later re-arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the discovery of two bodies on Ironside Road.”
The murder scene was still taped off and under police guard yesterday, with a white tent erected around the front door in a bid to preserve forensic evidence.
While inquiries were being carried out inside the terrace house, a team of police officers searched all the bins outside the property, sifted through bags of rubbish, scoured nearby hedgerows and gardens, and searched neighbouring homes.