Police chase ends with driver crashing into car and traffic lights in Essex Road

PUBLISHED: 14:21 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:01 25 July 2019

Stock image of arrest. Picture: Met Police

Stock image of arrest. Picture: Met Police

Chief Constable Kent Police

A police chase started in Hackney and ended when a driver crashed into another car and hurtled into traffic lights in Essex Road last night.

Cops on patrol in Hackney signalled for a driver to stop at about 9.35pm in Richmond Road - but when the car sped off they gave chase.

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After smashing into the Essex Road traffic lights, the driver ran off. But, after "a short foot chase", officers arrested someone in connection to the incident.

A Met Police source said: "He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis and driving offences and taken into custody where he remains."

One Twitter user, John J O'Sullivan, who witnessed some of the incident, wrote: "Police chase! It's all happening in Islington... BMW driver crashed into traffic light, airbag. Then peep ran. Armed Police chased and left their car. Drama alert!". But a Met Police source said firearms officers were not involved.

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