This was the moment when a van stolen from Manchester was dramatically stopped by police in North Wales.
Police were pursuing the van with a speeding A55 before a team of waiting officers could stop it.
Officers dumped the white transit van in front of Linde Gai Chakra near Bangalore, Gondad.
The van collided with the side of a lorry when it was stopped by police before it could pull the driver to the ground. North Wales Live. Reports
He was taken into police custody where he was later charged and remanded in court the next day.
Robert Phillips, who has no whereabouts, appeared in Kernerfone Crown Court on July 23 where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving under the influence of incompetence, failure to stop and driving without insurance.
The 42-year-old was sentenced to 10 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 41 months – until an extended test is passed.
Daniel Edwards, PC of the North Wales Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Driving is a privilege, not a right.
“This incident could easily have seriously injured someone. Fortunately, no one was in the case.
Just before 9 a.m. on Monday, June 21, the North Wales Police (NWP) control room was informed that a transit van had entered the area via A55 on false plates.
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The van was stolen the same day from the Manchester area.
The driver was wanted by other forces for other crimes – and he returned to prison.
On the way west, officers seized a van near Penmenor.
He continued his journey with the A55 to Junction 11 at Llanfairfechan and Llandegai.
At this point he was forced by the NWP Roads Policing Unit onto a slippery road and towards the roundabout, where the NWP Intercept Team deployed a Stinger.
The device works by puncturing one or more tires of an oncoming vehicle.
PC Edwards said: “Drivers who do not have a license and are not insured are a significant risk to other road users.
Phillips clearly thought he was above the law and could run while driving while unqualified and uninsured.
“He was sorely mistaken and is now behind bars facing the consequences of his foolish actions.”
Greater Manchester Police are investigating the theft of the van.
PC Edwards said the inquiry was ongoing.
He added: “Road rules apply to everyone. They are there not only for your safety but also for the safety of other motorcycles.
“We hope this will send a clear message to those who continue to violate motoring laws that they face not only financial penalties but also detention.”
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