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.