Dopey Doncaster driver arrested after car ends up stranded in flood hit Fishlake after chase

A dopey duo were arrested by police – after their car came to a standstill in floodwater as they tried to escape cops in flood-hit Fishlake.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 1:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 10:57 am

Police have revealed how the wanted pair ended up in both floodwater and hot water on Friday afternoon as their ‘rust riddled’ car came to a ‘soggy halt’ in the village which was deluged when the River Don burst its banks.

South Yorkshire Police Operational Support said on its Facebook page: “The dark coloured car that you can see at the top of the photo was spotted by one of our unmarked cars in Kirk Sandall, Doncaster.

“After stopping to speak to the driver, he decided to use the grass verge to make off and a pursuit ensued.

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The car was left stranded in Fishlake.

“The driver used all of his, apparently very tired, horses at his disposal in his attempt to get away.

“When that didn’t work, as he got towards Fishlake, he thought he’d test the sailing abilities of his rust riddled example of Italian engineering and drove into the water on the picture, which until the recent wet weather was a road.

“Unsurprisingly, the Fiat Punto didn’t fare well and came to a soggy halt after a fairly short distance. Not to be deterred, and being already wet through, the driver decided to climb the banking and try his luck on land.

“With his wet tracky bottoms and squelchy trainers weighing him down, he didn’t make it far before he was detained by one of our Roads Policing athletes, dressed in full battle kit.

“The passenger couldn’t even be bothered to try and run, so waited for an equally moist colleague to come and grab hold of him.

“Both were arrested for various offences and taken to Doncaster police station where they were dealt with by our colleagues there.

“After drying out, the driver has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop and three counts of shoplifting. The passenger has been charged with just the shoplifting offences.