LINCOLN POLICE IN DRAMATIC BOAT CHASE
Wednesday April 28th, 2010
In a scene that could have been taken from a Charlie Chaplin movie, onlookers at Brayford Pool in Lincoln were treated to an extended marine pursuit by police. The captain on the pursed vessel had been reported for shouting obscenities at nearby sea cadets. The man, who had been drinking, spotted the police approaching, took off and led a chase up and down the river until he was eventually trapped against a pleasure cruiser and arrested.
Sea cadet district officer Mike Bowskill said, 'It was quite funny really - people were cheering and clapping as he was brought in... We've not been involved in anything like it for a very, very long time but whenever the police or fire service ask, we are always happy to help.'
The 31-year-old man has since been charged under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 - using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour - and section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 - driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle in a public place, when unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
Barmaid Amy Everitt who witnessed the chase said, 'It was quite funny really.”
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