For our civilians and non-police followers, then you may not have seen a police ‘stinger’ in action before as it brings a dangerous pursuit to an end.
Drivers who flee from the cops, whether it by fleeing on a motorbike or in a vehicle, do not care about anyones safety as they drive like maniacs in an attempt to get away from the police, often driving the wrong way down one-way streets and blasting through red lights.
When a fleeing vehicle drives over a ‘stinger’, small hollow ‘nails’ are embedded into the tyres of the fleeing vehicle (and pursuing police cars if the stinger isn’t retracted quick enough!) meaning that over a short period of time, the tyres become flat and the driver ends up having no control over the vehicle.
In a recent post on the North Yorkshire Police Groups‘ social media account, officers shared some video footage of the moment a fleeing vehicle drove straight over a stinger.
The post said:
‘On Monday night our colleagues from the Firearms Support Unit tried to stop a vehicle near Knaresborough which they suspected had no insurance.
‘The vehicle failed to stop for them and was pursued along the A59 to York.
‘The pursuit continued through the city, through several red lights and the wrong way around roundabouts and bollards before heading back out of York through Strensall.
‘We were waiting near Flaxton and managed to deploy a stinger to puncture the tyres (see video).
‘The van continued onto the A64 where a short time later it was boxed in and stopped using TPaC tactics.
‘The driver was arrested on suspicion of Dangerous Driving, Failing to Stop & No Insurance. He remains in police custody.’
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