Car involved in police chase in Thundersley Park Road, Benfleet, flips upside down, hits bungalow - and driver gets away

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A DESPERATE driver fleeing police smashed a car into a bungalow before running off.

Police chased the black Ford Focus along Bread and Cheese Hill, Benfleet, when the driver lost control of the car, flipping over a grass verge, crashing through a tree and landing upside down on the roof of a bungalow in Thundersley Park Road.

The car slid down the property on to the ground and the driver miraculously escaped from the car and managed to flee the scene – sparkingapolice helicopter and dog search.

Officers say the driver had failed to stop after they tried to pull the car over for a routine check.

Grace Ayres, 83, who lives further down the road, said: “It sounded like a bomb going off.

“Everyone in the street came out to look.

“A policeman knocked on my door and asked if they could search my garden.”

Bernard Connor, 72, who also lives on the road, added: “The carmust have been flying.

“Howhe got out I do not know. It’s a good job there were no pedestrians around at the time though.”

Fortunately, the bungalow was empty at the time of the crash as the previous tenant had moved out four months ago.

Another neighbour, photographer Jo Tennant, said: “The old man who used to live there moved into a care home around the turn of the year. It’s so lucky he is no longer there.

“It’s pretty shocking that this happened on this road, which is usually really quiet.”

A neighbour opposite the bungalow, who asked not to be named, added: “I just heard it, I didn’t see the car, just heard a great whack.

“Two police cars then went down the road past it. They obviously didn’t know what had happened, then they went back and he had gone.”

Despite a major police search – involving dogs and the force helicopter – the drivermanaged to evade capture.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Officers tried to stop the driver of a black Ford Focus which had been driving along London Road shortly before 7pm on Wednesday evening.

“He failed to stop and lost control of the car flipping it over on to nearby Thundersley Park Road within minutes.

“The male driver, the only occupant, ran away from the scene. Police searched the area with the police helicopter scouring the air for the driver whomay have been seriously injured.”

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12:14pm Fri 16 May 14

pembury53 says...

first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything..... pembury53
  • Score: -5

2:39pm Fri 16 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
well, you're lucky you didn't injure or kill anyone aren't you. Must have only been recent because from your comments I'd say you've only recently grown big enough to reach the pedals
[quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]well, you're lucky you didn't injure or kill anyone aren't you. Must have only been recent because from your comments I'd say you've only recently grown big enough to reach the pedals BasildonDond
  • Score: 21

3:06pm Fri 16 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
You know you shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto V, it's got an 18 certificate. You should stick to Mario Kart until you're a bit more grown up.
[quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]You know you shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto V, it's got an 18 certificate. You should stick to Mario Kart until you're a bit more grown up. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 25

4:55pm Fri 16 May 14

ducky18 says...

Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
Chris Flunk wrote:
Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
You know you shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto V, it's got an 18 certificate. You should stick to Mario Kart until you're a bit more grown up.
You can think what you like. That's no joke that story. The law don't apply to me. I do what the hell I want!
BELLEND.
[quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]You know you shouldn't be playing Grand Theft Auto V, it's got an 18 certificate. You should stick to Mario Kart until you're a bit more grown up.[/p][/quote]You can think what you like. That's no joke that story. The law don't apply to me. I do what the hell I want![/p][/quote]BELLEND. ducky18
  • Score: 37

5:16pm Fri 16 May 14

pembury53 says...

Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
I did a runner once, in benfleet.... it was few years ago, to be fair, but i got away layed up in quiet side road and waited for a while...... may as well risk it after a few beers, as i was probably well over....
[quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]I did a runner once, in benfleet.... it was few years ago, to be fair, but i got away layed up in quiet side road and waited for a while...... may as well risk it after a few beers, as i was probably well over.... pembury53
  • Score: -19

5:20pm Fri 16 May 14

runwellian says...

Sad how some folk risk their lives, and the lives of other!
Sad how some folk risk their lives, and the lives of other! runwellian
  • Score: 15

5:39pm Fri 16 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
You liar!
[quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]You liar! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 13

5:42pm Fri 16 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Police Are Jobsworth scum wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....
I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.
You liar!
Go on ask me why I know?
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Police Are Jobsworth scum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: first "big" mark box escapes from half a dozen and the helicopter in hot pursuit, now another one, seemingly has time to flip his car like a 1/4 pounder into someone's bungalow, and leave the scene...... doesn't bode well for crime prevention really.... the helicopter was up again yesterday, buzzing around westcliff for half the evening...... i hope they're not up there just joy riding, it costs a fortune..... they should employ SBC's 'spy car' to go after these desperate felons, they never miss anything.....[/p][/quote]I tell you what a couple years ago I landed up in a pursuit. I was drink driving and got pulled over for a routine stop, and just floored it, got a bit further down the road, bailed out, and the pigs chasing me just couldn't keep up! Reported my car stolen the next day, avoided a drink drive ban, and had a laugh at the polices expense! There sh!t at running and its not much of a deterrent for criminals nowadays when you know Mr Doughnut Boy is going to be chasing you.[/p][/quote]You liar![/p][/quote]Go on ask me why I know? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 5

6:28pm Fri 16 May 14

the25man says...

Why is it the case that idiots like this don't get killed or seriously injured, but if it were a legally driven car lost control and ended up the same way they would be in a bad way.
Why is it the case that idiots like this don't get killed or seriously injured, but if it were a legally driven car lost control and ended up the same way they would be in a bad way. the25man
  • Score: 12

7:49am Sat 17 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Reading the headline, sounds like the car drove itself?
Really is about time these driver less cars where banned, they are a liability.
Reading the headline, sounds like the car drove itself? Really is about time these driver less cars where banned, they are a liability. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

6:48am Sun 18 May 14

supermadmax says...

"Fortunately, the bungalow was empty at the time of the crash as the previous tenant had moved out four months ago.
Another neighbour, photographer Jo Tennant, said: “The old man who used to live there moved into a care home around the turn of the year. It’s so lucky he is no longer there. "

You need to be careful with the info you give you.
"Fortunately, the bungalow was empty at the time of the crash as the previous tenant had moved out four months ago. Another neighbour, photographer Jo Tennant, said: “The old man who used to live there moved into a care home around the turn of the year. It’s so lucky he is no longer there. " You need to be careful with the info you give you. supermadmax
  • Score: 0

11:37am Mon 19 May 14

TheEssexWay says...

So true Supermadmax, I'm sure the burglars would have emptied the "Unoccupied" bungalow of anything left by now?
So true Supermadmax, I'm sure the burglars would have emptied the "Unoccupied" bungalow of anything left by now? TheEssexWay
  • Score: 0

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