Stolen Range Rover driver flees on foot after police chase on M42

Police are hopeful of securing arrests after a stolen Range Rover[1] was abandoned by its driver who fled on foot. Officers from Warwickshire[2] Police's Operation Patrol Unit (OPU) pursued a blacked out Range Rover on the M40 in Warwickshire and onto the M42.

Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) officers deployed a stinger at Junction 5 of the M42 after the driver had failed to stop. The driver then made a getaway on foot, "leaving a host of forensic opportunities for us to conduct arrests", a CMPG spokesperson said.

It's the latest in a long line of Ranger Rovers theft with the iconic Coventry[3]-made brand, sporty versions in particular, continuing to be a sought-after prize for thieves. Back on May 4, Coventry Police reported on social media the theft of two Range Rovers within minutes of each other[4].

Those thefts came just days after Warwickshire traffic cops deployed a stinger to stop the driver of a suspected stolen Range Rover who was alleged to have rammed a police car on April 24. "We stung the vehicle after it rammed a Leicestershire Police Traffic vehicle and failed to stop," an OPU spokesperson said.

"Vehicle boxed in and the driver detained and arrested by Leicestershire PD Jura."

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