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High-speed chase through villages
8:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A driver who failed to stop for police in Calne caused traffic chaos after they gave chase, chasing him at speed through Lyneham and Royal Wootton Bassett.
On Saturday at 2.28pm, PC Kevin Harmsworth and PC Martin Robson tried to stop a man who was driving a blue Ford Transit van in Oxford Road, Calne.
The officers, from the armed response group at Devizes headquarters, were carrying out routine roadside checks and stopped the man after they noticed he was not wearing a seat belt.
Initially he pulled over but then sped off along the A3102. He was chased by the officers, who received support from a police helicopter.
The driver is believed to have gone the wrong way around a roundabout and driven at 70mph in a 50mph zone.
Motorists were forced to swerve and a tractor ended up in a hedge.
During the journey the man was seen throwing several items out of his car window onto the road.
The pursuit ended at Downs View in Royal Wootton Bassett, when the man jumped out of his van and began to run through the recreation ground towards the junior school.
He attempted to hide in a wooded area near the school and was Tasered by officers when seen holding an object to his throat.
A 45-year-old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, drink-driving and dangerous driving.
He was taken into custody at Swindon Police Station, where he was bailed to return on August 27.
Police searched alongside the A3102 between Hilmarton and Calne for the items thrown out of the window but nothing was recovered.