Car ploughs into River Trent as suspects try to evade Nottinghamshire police

A car ploughed into the River Trent in Nottinghamshire earlier today (Sunday, August 23) as suspects tried to evade police.

Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 5:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd August 2020, 5:32 pm

Officers in Nottinghamshire received a report that two men were acting suspiciously around vehicles at Holme Pierrepont at around 12.35pm this afternoon.

When the male suspects spotted police, they drove off across rugby pitches and a public footpath before their car entered the river, in an attempt to evade officers.

Both the occupants then managed to get out of the vehicle unaided and were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving.

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A car had to be pulled out of the River Trent this afternoon after two suspects tried to evade police.

The car floated off down the Trent for about a hundred yards before it was recovered by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The two suspects, aged 39-years-old and 31-years-old were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The men have both since been arrested in connection with the alleged theft and dangerous driving and remain in police custody.

Police are now urging any witnesses to come forward with information.

Inspector James Oliver, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our investigation into this incident is ongoing and we’re appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time to please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 331 of 23 August 2020.”

Simon Lilley, City District Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Crews from our London Road, Highfields and West Bridgford stations attended this incident.

"We used a powered rescue boat to retrieve the car from the river before it was handed over to our Nottinghamshire Police colleagues.”

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