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A man in Bolton was jailed last Thursday (16 December) after he stripped and jumped in the bath in an attempt to deceive police officers chasing him in a high-speed pursuit. Watch the chase below:
Ryan Stephen Hall, 26, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for dangerous driving, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified and driving without a licence following the chase - which ended in a bizarre fashion.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “During a routine patrol in Bolton on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at around 11.25pm police spotted a suspected stolen red Nissan Quashqai with cloned number plates.
"Police officers attempted to follow the vehicle which began to drive at speed in an attempt to flee.
"Over the next seven minutes, the vehicle drove dangerously at speed, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving through red lights.”
During the chase, a police helicopter assisted in the pursuit. In the video, we can hear the pilot telling officers following Hall to rapidly turn left in order to trap him in a cul-de-sac.
It was at this location that Hall decided to leap out of the car and run from the police on foot.
You can see him in the video running in front of a police car.
He was then captured by the helicopter’s aerial view running into a house, where he 'attempted to mislead police by jumping into a bath and pretending like nothing had even happened'.
Despite this creative deceit, the offers weren't fooled by his bath time bluff and arrested him inside the house.
After Hall's arrest, the Nissan Quashqai he was driving was discovered to have been stolen from Hillside Drive in Salford on 1 October.
Reflecting on this event, Police Constable Richard Holland said: "Hall's actions could have had much more tragic consequences had officers not taken the measures to stop him.
"We are continuing to fight back against criminals involved in car crime and I hope this sends a clear message that we are committed to stopping those we believe to be responsible."