Driver arrested after van rams police car in Preston before failed getaway

A man has been arrested after a van rammed into a police car after failing to stop for officers in Preston last night (June 8).

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 12:16 pm

The red Ford van had been spotted 'driving dangerously' by Lancashire Police's drone team as they were driving along Blackpool Road at around 8.30pm.

Officers signalled for the driver to stop, but instead, the van reportedly rammed into the police car before the driver tried to run away.

The man was caught soon after and arrested at the scene.

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Pictures from the scene show damage to the front of the police car and the red van surrounded by police vehicles.

Officers said that the drone, which is the only one in the county, is now offline due to the incident.

A spokesperson for Lancs Tac Ops said: "Drone Team having a leisurely drive along Blackpool Road at Preston when a red van caught their attention driving dangerously.

"Van failed to stop and rammed the police before making off and failing miserably at running away. 1 arrested. Only drone in the county now offline."

The police car has been taken off the road for repairs. Pic: Lancashire Police
The red Ford van failed to stop for officers and rammed into their police car. Pic: Lancashire Police