The driver of suspected stolen car plowed through barriers and into three other cars at Birkenhead Ferry terminal.
A police officer attempted to check the car, which was boarding a ferry, shortly after 8am on Wednesday. As the officer approached the black Kia Sorrento it drove off from the scene in the direction of Tower Road.
The car crashed through a set of barriers and into three other vehicles, leaving them damaged. It was then abandoned at Rapport Road.
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A short time later members of the public called police to say that the driver of the car was running through Central Park, towards Park Primary School, in Wallasey. A large police presence was then spotted at the school throughout the morning.
According to police, officers from the Dogs Section managed to find a man nearby. The 27-year-old, from the Harlow area, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
A quantity of cash was found inside the car when it was searched by police.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “We have arrested a man following an incident at Birkenhead Ferry terminal on Tower Road this morning, Wednesday 4 May. At around 8.10am an officer checked a black Kia Sorrento car waiting to board a ferry.
“The vehicle drove off from the scene in the direction of Tower Road, crashing through barriers and damaging three other cars. The car was then abandoned at the junction of Rapport Road.
“Officers were alerted by members of the public that an occupant of the vehicle was making off through Central Park toward Park Primary School. With the assistance of the Dogs Section, a 27-year-old man from the Harlow area was detained and arrested on suspicion of aggravated theft of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
“He was taken into custody and will be questioned by police. Police searched the Kia and a quantity of cash was located.
“Officers remain in the Wallasey area while further inquiries are carried out and we would like to thank the local community for their patience while this incident is dealt with.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is asked to contact MerpolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook quoting reference 22000304034. Alternatively you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You can also use their online form anonymously: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.