A joyrider was chased through the streets of Mirfield at high speed this afternoon.
The police pursuit ended with a nasty smash on North Road in Ravensthorpe.
The silver Mercedes C Class collided with a black Audi A4 on the busy route between Mirfield and Dewsbury, opposite the neighbourhood’s infant and nursery school.
It is thought the car came to halt after shunting the rear of a black Audi A4 being driven by a local man with his children on board.
Ambulance workers attended and the victims were treated in an adjacent property but are not thought to be seriously injured.
Eyewitnesses told the Examiner an unmarked police car aided by a police helicopter had chased the Mercedes through Mirfield before it shunted the Audi, crumping its front end.
The driver, a male, ran off down a ginnel but was caught by officers who chased on foot.
A police spokesperson said he had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
Passengers in the Audi, including young children, were being treated by ambulance workers but are not thought to be seriously injured.
Police later confirmed the Mercedes driver was caught after a foot chase and arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
North Road, a busy link road between Mirfield and Dewsbury, has several large speed bumps, and has “no overtaking” signs installed after a history of anti-social driving.
The dramatic incident caused a large crowd to gather with roughly 100 people in the street surrounding the smashed-up vehicles.
A man who was driving in the opposite direction witnessed the chase and collision and narrowly avoided his own car being hit.
His car became blocked in by the stricken Mercedes and police vehicles.
The owner of the Audi quickly arranged for it to be recovered but the road was still blocked for more than an hour while police waited to recover the Mercedes.
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