PC hitched ride with Good Samaritan motorist during theft suspect chase

A MOTORIST gave an officer a lift as she chased down a suspected car thief through Walsall yesterday (Dec 9).

PC Sharon Cartridge was walking along Lichfield Road at around 9pm when a description of a man suspected of breaking into a silver Mercedes in Dog Kennel Lane was radioed across police airwaves.

She spotted a man matching the offender’s description running towards Lower Forster Street – the spritely 21-year-old ran off and was in danger of disappearing from view when a passing motorist stopped and offered her a lift.

PC Cartridge jumped into the passenger seat and was dropped off near Little Street East where, following a police containment, the suspect was found hiding in wasteland off Lower Forster Street and arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.

He is currently in custody and is also being questioned in relation to two other thefts which are believed to have happened yesterday in Dog Kennel Lane.

PC Sharon Cartridge, from Walsall police station, said: “The suspect was quick on his feet – but as I radioed for police support a very kind member of the public pulled over in his car and gave me a lift.

“I jumped out of the car to carry on with the search and didn’t manage to get the driver’s details. I’d really like to personally thank the driver who came to my aid and would appeal for him to contact me.

“He left the area before the man was arrested and I wanted to make him aware that his help was invaluable and that we managed to make an arrest thanks to his quick thinking.”