Motorist who led cops on dangerous car chase only had LEGOLAND driving licence when finally pulled over

A MOTORIST who led police on a frightening 35-mile chase was found with a LEGOLAND driving licence as ID.

Police had tried to stop the car on the outskirts of London – before officers chased him down for half an hour.

The driver only stopped when he incredibly ran out of petrol.

And when officers searched his car – the only form of identification they found was the theme park toy driving licence for kids.

The fictional photo IDs are given to children when they pass the imitation driving test at the popular theme park in Windsor, Berks.

It sees kids, with a height limit of 1.1m, cruise around Lego City in a brick-built electric car after watching a rigorous safety video.

Met Police officers had tried to stop the grey Audi A1 on the A2 in Bexley, south east London but he fled down the busy dual carriageway towards Kent.

Kent Police officers then continued the pursuit as he made his way down the M2 motorway and onto the Isle of Sheppey with a police helicopter monitoring the car reaching an average speed of 70mph.

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The dramatic 30-minute pursuit only ended when the Audi ran out of fuel in the seaside town of Minster.

The National Police Air Service London helped track the suspect vehicle with a helicopter during the early hours of Monday February 28.

Officers arrested a man, aged 21 from Sheerness, Kent, on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, possession of a class B drug, driving with no insurance and driving with no licence.

Kent Police discovered the LEGOLAND licence when searching the car along with a quantity of cannabis.

The Police's Roads Policing Unit posted a picture of the toy ID – which showed its owner had apparently passed the Lego learner scheme in 2003 when aged around two.

The RPU tweeted: "No, the LEGOLAND licence was not the reason for the drivers dangerous driving, the large amount of cannabis was.

"The driver was pursued from Bexley to Isle Of Sheppey and arrested for a multitude of offences last week by RPU1, @KentPoliceSwale, @MPSRTPC & @NPASLondon. 28-0061 BB."


A Kent Police spokesman said: "A man has been arrested for multiple driving and drug related offences following a 30 minute pursuit.

"During the early hours of Monday February 28 2022, officers requested a vehicle to stop on the A2 in Bexley.

"It was pursued to the Isle of Sheppey and after running out of fuel stopped in Bell Farm Lane, Minster.

"A 21-year-old man from Sheerness was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, possession of a class B drug, driving with no insurance and driving with no licence.

"He has been released on bail until September 1 2022."

The police chopper was deployed at 2.15am to keep track of the car at dangerous speeds on camera before using a powerful torch to light up the area where it came to a stop.

Sergeant Glen Walker, of NPAS London, said: "This is another great example of air and ground crews working together for the safety of the public.

"At around 2.15am on February 28, our NPAS London helicopter crew was deployed to support Metropolitan Police officers in tracking a car which had failed to stop on the A2.

"We kept the car in our sight the whole time as it travelled at high speed to the Isle of Sheppey, and directed officers to its final location with ongoing commentary and lighting up the area with our powerful Nitesun.

"This is a great example of air support working directly with officers on the ground to ensure that there is nowhere for suspects to escape to.

"Our high quality camera, mapping and lighting systems are powerful tools in tracking, and ultimately, apprehending suspects, as was shown in this case. A good result all round."

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