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Man in court after police chase on A14

A14 near Woolpit - looking eastbound towards Stowmarket and the Woolpit/Elmswell turn off
A14 near Woolpit - looking eastbound towards Stowmarket and the Woolpit/Elmswell turn off

A man has appeared in court accused of leading police on a dangerous car chase the wrong way down the A14 on Friday night.

Solomon Loveridge, 40, of no fixed address, was charged with dangerous driving and a string of other offences following his arrest last week.

Police were out on patrol in Bury St Edmunds at around 10.10pm on Friday when they instructed a vehicle to stop in River Lane.

But instead of stopping, the vehicle crashed into the police car and drove off towards the Rougham Hill roundabout junction with the A14.

Police pursued it onto the eastbound carriageway, through the villages of Beyton and Tostock and onto the A1088 where it rejoined the A14, flattening a ‘no entry’ sign and travelling in the wrong direction on the eastbound carriageway.

Officers eventually managed to force the vehicle to stop in the central reservation at Woolpit at around 10.25pm.

Loveridge was arrested in connection with the incident and taken to the Bury Police Investigation Centre (PIC) for questioning.

He appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with driving with excess alcohol, failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis and going equipped for theft, as well as dangerous driving.

He gave no indication of pleas and was remanded in custody until June 13 when he is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court.

Liam Loveridge, 24, of no fixed address, was also arrested following the incident and questioned at Bury PIC.

He was charged with going equipped for theft and released from South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Monday on conditional bail.

He is also due to attend Ipswich Crown Court on June 13.

Police also arrested a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of going equipped for theft.

She was released on police bail until June 20 pending further enquiries.


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