Man in court after bus chase

A MAN was due before magistrates today following a bus chase across two counties which resulted in crash.Police chased a stolen bus across Essex and Suffolk before its driver abandoned the vehicle to crash into a lamppost.

A MAN was due before magistrates today following a bus chase across two counties which resulted in crash.

Police chased a stolen bus across Essex and Suffolk before its driver abandoned the vehicle to crash into a lamppost.

But this was the drama that unfurled early on Saturday morning when a bus, believed to be a Route 66, was reported stolen from Queen's Street depot in Colchester.

Essex Police were called in to trace the bus beginning a chase that would eventually end in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Suffolk Police were brought in to assist when the bus, a Dennis Dart single decker, was driven across the county border.

Officers made repeated attempts to stop the bus and arrest the driver as it made its way into Ipswich.

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However, the chase only came to an end when the man behind the wheel jumped from the moving vehicle leaving the bus without a driver. It came to a stop when it crashed into a lamppost in Norwich Road at about 4am.

The driver ran from the scene. A man was arrested later.

Council engineers were called in to cut off the electricity to the lamppost as it leaned precariously towards a nearby house.

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