Man Who Led Police On 30-Mile Chase Only Had 'Legoland' Driving Licence
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A man has been exposed by police for only having a Legoland driving licence as ID after he took them on a 30 minute chase.
The 21-year-old only had the Legoland licence he got at the ripe old age of two when police searched his vehicle for some identification after he took them on a wild trail from London to Kent.
Kids are presented with the licences after watching a detailed safety video and then driving round a track in electric Lego-themed cars.
Pursued by two police forces and a police helicopter for 35 miles, the young adult was finally apprehended when his Audi A1 ran out of fuel.
The driver fled out of south-east London after Metropolitan Police tried to stop him on the A2 in Bexley, Metro reports.
Due to the car travelling 'at high speed' Kent police - who took over from the Met - were joined by a helicopter to help with the chase.
Sergeant for the National Police Air Service London Glen Walker explained that a NPS helicopter joined the pursuit from around 2.15am.
He stated: "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."
Sunday is normally aircraft wash day. If we can fit it in. 1 x down, 2 to go 💦💦💦 let the sunshine stay 🌞 and for all those criminals out there...when its cleaner we go faster 🙊🙊 #npas #safe pic.twitter.com/g6FTyoZuxk— NPAS London (@NPASLondon) February 27, 2022
However, upon reaching Minster, a seaside town located in the Isle of Sheppey, the 21-year-old ran out of gas and so had to stop.
A police spokesperson stated: "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."
Alongside 'a large amount of cannabis' police officers also found a Legoland toy driving licence when they searched through the car.
Kent Police Roads took to Twitter to share images of the car, fictional ID and bag of weed.
It joked: "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 #IsleOfSheppey & arrested for a multitude of offences last week by #RPU1, @KentPoliceSwale, @MPSRTPC & @NPASLondon 28-0061 BB."
No, the #LegoLand license was not the reason for the drivers dangerous driving, the large amount of cannabis was. The driver was pursued from #Bexley to #IsleOfSheppey & arrested for a multitude of offences last week by #RPU1, @KentPoliceSwale, @MPSRTPC & @NPASLondon. 28-0061 BB pic.twitter.com/nVBZe7Y46S— Kent Police RPU (@KentPoliceRoads) March 9, 2022
The spokesperson explained that the young 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'.
Sergeant Walker reflected: "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."
The 21-year-old has since been released on bail until 1 September.