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Driver of stolen vehicle escapes serious injury and is arrested

The driver was freed by firefighters – Lowestoft South Fire Station

The driver of a stolen vehicle which crashed in Kessingland at the weekend has escaped serious injury and will appear in court next month.

At around 11.20am on Saturday 30th January officers received an alert that a Mercedes, which had been reported as stolen from Ipswich, was travelling north on the A12.

Police units were then dispatched to search for the vehicle and it was located re-joining the A12 at Wrentham at which point it was followed by police travelling north.

On the approach to Kessingland it went the wrong way around the roundabout and travelled through the village along the High Street and London Road.

Just before midday the driver attempted to re-join the A12 at the next roundabout where it then rolled over the roundabout island and collided with a lamppost and a Ford Focus.

The driver was trapped inside the Mercedes and had to be extricated by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service.

He was taken to James Paget Hospital to be checked over where they determined he had not sustained any life-threatening or life-changing injuries. He was later arrested at the hospital and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The occupants of the Ford Focus were treated at the roadside for shock.

Wesley Spring, aged 18 of Lilac Drive in Lowestoft, was subsequently charged with dangerous driving.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday 1st February, where he was granted bail pending a next hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 1st March.

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