A driver of a stolen car has been arrested after leading police on a ‘dangerous’ high-speed chase in hazardous conditions on a County Durham road.

The driver of the black Ford Focus ST failed to stop for officer last night (January 18), travelling at speeds “in excess of 70mph” through housing estates in Murton.

Police pursued the driver for six minutes before they attempted to “reverse ram” the police patrol car, before crashing.

The driver was detained after a short foot chase.

The Northern Echo:

He was arrested on suspicion of Dangerous Driving, Failing To Stop, Driving Whilst Disqualified, Driving Whilst Unfit Through Drink/Drugs, Driving With No Insurance and Theft Of A Motor Vehicle.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: “This black Ford Focus ST failed stop for officers last night in Murton.

“Despite the very icy conditions, the driver travelled at speeds in excess of 70mph in 30mph limits through housing estates.

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“During the six minute pursuit, the driver also attempted to reverse ram the pursuing police patrol car, but was unsuccessful.

“The driver eventually crashed and he was detained after a short foot chase.

“The Ford Focus ST turned out to be stolen and displaying false plates!”