Man rescued and arrested
after stolen car was driven into Carr Mill Dam and sinks!
Video stills with thanks to the
National Police Air Service (NPAS)
WE have been informed that a man has been
charged following an incident at Carr Mill Dam, on Monday, 21 November 2016, at
around 8.20pm. The male was reported to have been from Formby and aged 41, but
later a press statement was released that said it was David Tighe from Roby, who
had been was charged with dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. He has
since appealed at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Adult Remand Court.
Footage was put on
YouTube of the rescue following a Police
chase. We are told that at around 8.20pm, on Monday, 21 November 2016. Officers
located a suspected stolen Audi TT car being driven in the Liverpool area. Roads
Policing Officers attended close to Bowring Park Golf Course in Huyton, where
the car was found stationary in a car park. Upon attempting to stop the car, the
driver of the Audi sped off, leading to a Police pursuit up the M62, through
Winwick and Newton-le-Willows into St Helens.
Officers deployed a stop stick before the Audi continued to drive
onto the East Lancashire Road towards the Waterside pub in St Helens where the
driver drove at speed into the Carr Mill Reservoir. As the car began to sink, 5
Officers entered the water and rescued the driver from the back of the car.
The man was taken to Hospital as a precaution where he was found
to be uninjured. The man has now been arrested on suspicion of unauthorised
taking of a motor vehicle, burglary dwelling, dangerous driving, and failing to
stop. He has been taken to a Police station where he will be questioned by
Detectives. The Officers involved were checked over as a precaution and have all
Chief Superintendent Jon Ward said:- "The Officers involved
in this pursuit and rescue acted with exceptional bravery, tenacity and
professionalism to rescue the man on a bitterly cold, wet and miserable evening.
Without a second thought given to their own safety and the conditions, they
entered the freezing water and dragged him through the rear of the car, just
before it became completely submerged. We are extremely proud to have such
outstanding Officers serving for Merseyside. Police on the front line are vital
in protecting our communities and the pursuit and rescue serves as a reminder of
the very real dangers that Officers face to keep us all safe day in, day out."
Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area and may have seen any part
of the incident to contact Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Unit on:- 0151 777
5747. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.