Watch the moment suspected drug dealer flips over on motorbike trying to escape Nottinghamshire Police
A suspected drug dealer who was tracked down by Nottinghamshire Police's knife crime team can be seen flipping over on a motorbike as he tries to flee from officers in dramatic footage being screened on national TV tonight.
Despite being injured, the driver then took off on foot and hid in nearby gardens.
The dramatic incident, which launches tonight's episode of Police Interceptors, puts the spotlight on the knife crime team where officers had been patrolling an area of Warsop known for drug offences.
They then identified a motorbike rider who they suspected had been dealing drugs and received further intelligence to back this up.
The driver failed to stop for PC Gav Hall and PC Dan Mottishaw and a pursuit followed where the motorbike was ridden on the wrong side of the road and on pavements before taking a blind corner.
PC Mottishaw said: "The rider was driving extremely dangerously, showing no regard to innocent members of the public.
"There is an extra risk in pursuing motorbikes which we have to manage and some drivers are wanting to take advantage of that by pulling some extremely dangerous manoeuvres.
"The man was driving almost like he wasn't looking where he was going. If there had been pedestrians on the pavement it could have resulted in serious injury or worse."
The rider then approached a T-junction connecting Sandy Lane with Birkland Avenue but made no attempt to stop.
He was forced to brake sharply when a van came straight towards him which resulted in the back of the bike coming off the ground and flipping the vehicle over before crashing into a bush.
Following the incident at around 5.20pm on September 10, 2020, the suspect then got up quickly before running off.
PC Mottishaw, who was the passenger in the police vehicle, quickly jumped out and secured the bike before running after the suspect.
Together with driver PC Hall, the duo pinpointed a garden and were alerted to some rustling before coming face-to-face with the man.
He was arrested after attempting to climb over a fence despite PC Mottishaw drawing his Taser and giving him the pre-warning.
"In that moment, my entire focus was about detaining this man and bringing him to justice for the serious crimes he'd just committed," PC Mottishaw said.
"We then drugs wiped him and he tested positive for being over the prescribed limit for cannabis. We also found a rucksack containing several ounces of cannabis nearby and a large quantity of cash.
"Once the adrenaline had worn off, the offender started to feel the effects of the collision and was crying out in pain. He had in fact suffered minor injuries and luckily didn’t need hospital treatment."
Subsequently, the offender pleaded guilty on March 4, 2021 to driving whilst over the prescribed limit of cannabis and was sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work as well as being banned from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay court costs and a victim surcharge. He remains under investigation for possession to supply cannabis.
Constable Mottishaw has been on the knife crime team for around 18 months. He joined the force in 2010 and worked as a response officer for 10 years covering the Broxtowe, Oxclose and Bulwell areas.
The 33-year-old father-of-one, said: "I'm lucky to have experienced a few roles within Nottinghamshire Police and I'm now thoroughly enjoying being part of the dedicated knife crime team.
"This incident shows that we're actively working with intelligence on things like drug-hot spot areas to proactively track down criminals and act on any information we receive.
"Along with response, neighbourhood and Reacher teams, we're another resource and we work collaboratively together all with one main focus to catch offenders and put a stop to their criminality in order to make the area as safe as can be."
The Interceptors episode then goes on to showcase more of the forces's crime fighting abilities when the driver of a Mercedes who fails to stop for officers squeezes down a six-foot wide footpath and an alleged street fight involving weapons results in a suspect with a wound deep enough to see the elbow bone.
And true to form, the programme doesn't fail to deliver the humorous side of policing when a wanted man is caught short hiding in a bathroom!
Catch all of this and more at 8pm on Channel 5.