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Police Chase of Wrong Side Transit Van on the A3 Ends in Arrest

Published on: 24 Jun, 2013
Updated on: 26 Jun, 2013

Police lights-200pxA Ford Transit van, travelling on the wrong carriageway, against the traffic, was chased by five police cars on the A3, near the cathedral, in a dramatic pursuit at 1.30am this afternoon (June 24).

A reader contacted the Guildford Dragon NEWS to say: “I had to  swerve violently to get out of the way. He was speeding along on the wrong side of the A3 coming straight for me!

“The police cars pursuing him were in the correct carriageway. I hope he doesn’t cause an accident.”

“Later at 3.36pm a police statement read: “A vehicle believed to have been involved in a burglary at an address in Albury earlier this afternoon has been located following a single vehicle collision in Windsor.

“Officers have arrested a man in connection with the incident and are continuing to search for another man who made off from the vehicle following the collision.

“Police officers were called around 1.20pm by the occupant of an address in White Lane, Albury, reporting a burglary in progress. A description was given of a white van which was seen making off from the scene.

“The vehicle was located in Guildford town centre but made off at speed after reversing into a police car. Numerous calls were received from members of the public reporting the vehicle being driven at speed through Guildford town centre and the Park Barn area before it made its way on to the A3 and drove the wrong way up the southbound carriageway.

“Officers pursued the vehicle, assisted by the National Police Air Support Unit, and the vehicle was eventually located around 2.20pm across the border in Thames Valley in Winkfield Road near Legoland in Windsor.

If you witnessed the chase please call Martin Giles on 07796 930355 or leave a comment below.

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test 2 Responses to Police Chase of Wrong Side Transit Van on the A3 Ends in Arrest

  1. Ben Brickwood Reply

    June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I had to swerve to get out of the way too. I will never forget the look on the driver’s face, his eyebrows must have been on the back of his head!

    How did the police allow him to get from the A3 in Guildford all the way to Windsor?

    • Martin Giles Reply

      June 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Glad you survived unscathed.

      The Guildford Dragon NEWS has spoken to the police regarding your question as to why the van was allowed to continue to Windsor. A spokesperson said that police officers always had to keep public safety to the forefront on their minds during these operations. The chase was carried out during a busy part of the day and the risk of a serious collision were high. However, the van was successfully pursued and one suspect apprehended. Ed

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