MotoristÂ on the run after police chaseÂ through Sheffield
A motorist is on the run today after a policeÂ chase through Sheffield in which his car ended up on three wheels.
The crook failed to stop for officers on City Road yesterday afternoon and a police pursuit was mounted.
But South Yorkshire Police said that when theÂ Skoda Fabia driver '˜began taking unnecessary risks' to evade capture '˜at a time when local schools were finishing for the day,'Â officers withdrew from the pursuit on safety grounds.
A member of the public later alerted officers to a '˜trail of destruction' caused by the car, which was on stolen number plates, and the SkodaÂ was tracked down again.
Officers found a wheel and a road sign in theÂ middle of a road and the Skoda being driven through an alleyway '˜with sparks flying'.
The driver abandoned the car and ran off butÂ despite being chasedÂ by officers and a '˜public spirited' member of the public he managed to escape.
In a Facebook post, South Yorkshire Police's operational support unit said: 'We will discontinue pursuits where the risk to public safety becomes too great or disproportionate.'