A “STINGER” was used to blow out the tyres on a car being chased by police following two suspicious incidents.
The spiked strip was thrown across Church Road, Saughall, to deflate the tyres of the Volvo B70 which was being pursued by a marked police car about 10pm last Thursday evening.
Three men from the Liverpool area were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and burglary.
The incident began after a report of two men on the roof of the Egerton Arms at Broxton near Malpas about 9.35pm, who made off in a Volvo.
About 15 minutes later a witness from The Rowton Polars Hotel disturbed two men who made off in the Volvo and the witness was able to pass on the registration number to police.
A marked patrol car in Saughall spotted the suspect vehicle and gave chase. The occupants began throwing items at the police car and it was decided to deploy the “stinger” ahead of its path to bring the pursuit to a halt.
Witnesses in Saughall said the device was deployed in Church Road, near the Greyhound Inn. The car hit a wall and continued up the road but was eventually stopped outside the Co-op store where fencing was smashed down as a result of the chase.
One witness said: “A lot of shouting ensued. There were several police cars involved, plus a police armed response unit and several police dogs.”
Carl Jones, landlord of The Greyhound Inn said “the whole pub ended up outside” on hearing the commotion after the car came down Hermitage Road, turned into Church Road and hit the Vicarage wall after it had been “stung”.
Two men, aged 20, were arrested along with a 21-year-old man. All are from the Liverpool area. They were bailed until March 12 pending further inquiries.