THE driver of a blue Ford Transit van took to footpaths and drove into the path of oncoming vehicles to evade officers during a police chase on Tuesday.

The midday pursuit began in Durham city centre and went through Witton Gilbert, Sacriston and up into Pelton Fell.

PC Paul Jackson, from the road policing unit said: “I am keen for anyone who may have dash cam footage of the pursuit to get in touch with myself to help identify the driver and assist with the investigation.”

Police are appealing for dashcam footage following the incident.

Call 101 and ask to speak to PC 1463 Paul Jackson quoting reference number 156 of June 4.