Chippenham man tasered by police after car chase

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By nhavergal | Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 10:36

A man from Chippenham was tasered by police after a 26-mile car chase in Wiltshire. 

Matthew Saunders, 25, from Chippenham was approached by police however failed to speak to them and sped away. 

Police wanted to speak to Saunders regarding his driving after his vehicle appeared to be weaving on Devizes Road, Trowbridge at around 1am on Friday, 24, August 2012. 

Saunders was followed by police who say he was reaching for a crash helmet in his car, putting on his hazards but still refusing to stop for police. 

The car was then driving in the direction of Warminster along the A350 then went round a roundabout the wrong way heading along the A36 towards Bath. 

A police helicopter also joined in the chase and Saunders drove along a verge to avoid a stinger which Avon and Somerset police had placed in an attempt to stop him. 

The vehicle turned into a dead end road at Hantone Hill where Saunders was forced to stop. According to police he was being unco-operative which resulted police using a taser.

Police also found he possessed a live shot gun cartridge.

Matthew Saunders pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and possessing a firearm while prohibited at Swindon Crown Court.

According to reports Matthew Saunders suffered from 'boarderline personality disorder' and a psychiatric report will be carried out.

The case has been adjourned until Friday, 4, March 2013 and Saunders has been granted bail until this date.


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