Documentary series. Traffic cops armed with 50,000 volt tasers are called in to make a difficult arrest, and a lone traffic cop is set upon by a gang of youths.
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The vehicle is off-road, off-road. I can't see any way out of there.
Coming up... Out and running.
A teenage car thief gives the traffic cops the run around.
Blue tracksuit bottoms, white stripes, heading towards the church.
This is Taser - get down on your knees!
Running the gauntlet. 50,000-volt Taser-armed traffic cops take no chances.
-Get down! Get down!
And running amok.
A PC puts out a call for help as he comes under attack on the streets of Luton.
Martin, at a point there, I believe was fighting for survival.
Luton, 30 miles north of London, was once a Mecca for migrant workers
looking for employment in the car industry.
As a result, it's one of the most multicultural areas in Britain.
These days, Luton is more famous for planes than cars
because of its international airport and no-frills flight operators.
For some, who have resettled here from abroad, there is no escaping the reach of their own governments,
thanks to the power of the European arrest warrant.
These are issued as a way of extraditing wanted citizens
from one EU country to another, virtually no questions asked.
OK, I will come back to you in a minute.
This morning, PC Chris Leah and PC Martin Lent are looking
for a suspect who has committed a crime in his native Poland.
We are getting about five or six European arrest warrants
every month that we are executing.
I just want to quickly have a look at that address.
Wielding a European arrest warrant is sometimes a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut,
but today's target, Piotr, or Peter, Zak, has committed more than just a trivial offence.
Peter was wanted from back in 2004
for the equivalent of causing death by dangerous driving in Poland.
-This one here.
He was convicted of that offence and he's then fled to this country, where he's been working.
He has integrated into society over here.
On the run for years, Zak is in for a bit of a surprise today.
If only the cops can find him.
I don't think there is anybody there.
We've been given various addresses for him.
We tried his work address.
We tried a current address, which was the last known address we had for him. Both proved negative.
We were on our way back to go off-duty when we were passing
a road where there was a previous address for him.
We thought we might as well try that address and have a quick look.
-There we go.
How are you? All right?
-Can we come in?
-Is that all right?
-The quick look has paid off.
-What's your name?
Piotr Zak. Excellent.
The cops have got their man.
-We need to have a quick chat.
That's why we want to have a chat - I'll tell you about it.
-Have a seat down there for me.
-Do you mind if we sit down?
-Is that OK?
-Piotr, do you know what this is about?
-You don't know what this is about.
I have bad news for you,
There is a European arrest warrant for you to return to Poland.
OK. So at this moment in time, I'm arresting you
on a European arrest warrant.
You do not have to say anything, but anything you say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?
Did you know you were wanted in Poland?
-It was a car accident.
-That's right. A car accident.
Unfortunately, the Polish authorities want you back.
'The wife or the girlfriend was distressed.'
She is clearly recovering from childbirth.
So, we were trying to deal with him as respectfully and dignified as we can.
OK. I will get somebody to make contact with your other half. I promise.
In a matter of days, Peter Zak will be in Poland and facing time in prison.
He past has finally caught up with him.
There's no time even for goodbyes.
Executing arrest warrants and rounding up wanted suspects
is a rather unusual job for the traffic department.
150, we're being hollered.
But, here in Bedfordshire, because the traffic cops are
amongst the first in the country to be armed with Taser stun guns,
they are often called in when arrests might turn nasty.
We would love to, what are the details?
On the way there, I thought, I think I might know that person.
I'd had Taser about three weeks
and it was my first ever Taser deployment.
My adrenaline was going two to the dozen.
Oh, that's rather rude.
'I've heard the name before.'
It was explained to me that he is an extremely violent individual.
He will fight with the police.
The markers are a record kept on the police computer -
a warning the man could be trouble.
Before Craig and Shona can deal with him, another important matter has cropped up.
Sorry. Sorry. I'm not having that.
-A baby that's not strapped in.
Your baby, got to be in a child seat.
You can't drive round like that.
-Can you sort it out for us?
-Thank you. Unbelievable.
-No. No. Fair play.
I caught that out of the corner of my eye - that's a baby being held in the back seat.
As a mother herself, Shona has a thing about child safety.
It makes me really angry. Really, really angry.
Nine times out of ten, they would normally get a £60 ticket
for failing to have their child restrained correctly.
With the arrest to deal with, words of advice will have to do this time.
-They're obviously expecting issues.
-The man's being arrested for spitting at a neighbour.
Hardly the crime of the century, but you never know.
When we pulled up, I saw a marked P issue police van
parked up on the kerb, and right in front of me was another P issue police van marked up.
Two police cars and another unmarked traffic car with two Taser officers in there.
-So, this guy is going to play.
-If he does, that's fine.
-We'll both have our Tasers drawn anyway.
-Of course we will.
We've got two vans and two cars...
We'll go and speak to them, see what's going on.
I was really pleased I was with Craig that day because
he's a self-defence instructor and he's used Taser before.
I think he's used it quite a lot.
Craig will go in, he'll give a first warning. If they don't do as they're told, they get Tasered.
If he starts raising the game, you've got any problems, or we think
it's going to need...just go behind us, we'll take the lead.
-We will have Taser drawn anyway.
In the car.
We've liaised with 1278. The information officer is moving forward now.
He looks quite a big unit, to be fair.
We won't mess about with him. We'll give him an opportunity.
The officer's speaking to him. If there are issues, then we just...
-He does look rather big, doesn't he?
What we said was is, we would knock at the door,
try and get him to come out voluntarily,
then he can be arrested.
He starts saying, "No, I'm not coming,"
you then know straight away it's a downward spiral where he's not going to be compliant towards the police.
150, we're just putting the knock in now.
-Just putting the knock in at number
-How are you?
Once he'd come to the door, it became apparent there were other people in his flat.
I made the decision there and then he was not going back in the flat.
While he was at the door, I could see he had no weapons, I could see his empty hands.
By letting him go back indoors, he's got markers for weapons, he's got markers for violence -
you don't know where he's going to go and what he will pick up.
An allegation has been made that you assaulted somebody by spitting at them.
-you're being arrested on suspicion of assault.
-For spitting in someone's face?
-..something you later rely on in court... Do you understand that?
No, I don't understand that.
-Come on, out you go, then.
-Now, come on.
-Don't try and start holding me.
-Come on out,
-this is your last chance.
-this is Taser, get down on your knees.
-Get down on the floor now! Do it!
-This is a 50,000-volt Taser, kneel down.
Out of the way! Kneel down.
You are thinking, crikey, I might have to use it here, this guy is violent.
He doesn't look like he will comply with anything we are saying.
-This is your last chance.
-Do as you are told!
Put your hands on your head!
-Hands on your head!
-Put your hands on your head.
To Shona's relief, the man's decided he doesn't want to risk being hit with 50,000 volts.
If I had gone for the leg shot and missed, there is a possibility I could have got Craig
and vice versa.
We are thinking we are in a little bit of a sticky situation.
-I've got Taser drawn.
-Taser is drawn.
-I'm on drive stun.
Get him down.
I've got it. I've got it.
I'll drive stun him.
-Who's got the van keys?
Come on, hurry up. You was waiting for this.
Hurry up, man.
What? What? What?
Stand your ground.
-Carry on, you
-with that, I'll
We'll follow him down. We'll follow you down.
When we first opened the door,
there was a very strong smell of cannabis from inside the house.
My first thought was he would be under the influence of drugs.
The fact that we've got a really confined space in the hallway...
For the officers to be trying to fight with him, someone would get injured.
The female officer went to take hold of his arm.
He pulled away rather violently.
-this is Taser. Get down on your knees!
-Get down on the floor now! Get down!
-Do it! Kneel down.
This is a 50,000-volt Taser.
I was thinking, should we Taser, because that's how we're taught.
If he is not complying, he should be Tasered, but because of the angle
that he was stood, it would make it very difficult to make sure you've got a shot.
I would have been quite justifiably using my Taser,
probably earlier on.
But the situation we were in, it was easier to take the extra 20 seconds to get him to comply.
Which he did. At the end of the day, it's going to hurt him more than anyone else.
-It works, doesn't it?
-Like it? It works well.
That is amazing. He was going to go, wasn't he?
That was her first proper Taser deployment. She did really well.
She was calm, collected, and did everything that was expected.
Five miles away from Luton, in Dunstable,
traffic cop Tanveer Hussain is on a mission to catch some youngsters in a stolen car.
Chasing criminals has long been his ambition, ever since seeing how it was done on TV.
I always wanted to be a police officer.
Watching The Bill helped a little.
I soon came to realise that nothing is solved in half an hour!
The car has been seen on a nearby estate, but unless Tanveer
finds it PDQ, this case won't be solved in half an hour either.
It was stolen in a burglary during the night in Leighton Buzzard, ten miles away.
I think it's for the kicks, is why they do it.
That adrenaline rush of being in somebody's house,
trying to steal the car keys and whatever else you can get your hands on.
Then getting into the car and off they go.
When cars get stolen, it's to the police helicopter, X-ray Alpha 99, that the cops turn first.
It's one of two, covering five neighbouring counties.
Between them, they catch 1,000 criminals a year.
But first, they have to locate them.
From the air and on the ground, the search is on.
This is near Woodfield Green up here. This is where it must be.
Near Woodfield Green. It could be somewhere around here.
There were other units heading in that direction to try to locate the vehicle.
As we more or less turned into the estate
there was a blue Ford Focus in the distance, turning and going out of view.
358 Oakwood Avenue, we've got a right, right, right.
I'm behind the vehicle.
Kilo, Yankee, Zero, Five, Whiskey, Tango, November.
-99, how long, over?
-99 on scene.
I see a visual. I'll take the commentary. Stand by. It's a right, right, now.
The driver was aware I was behind him.
The moment his speed increased, I activated the lights and followed the vehicle.
I'm going to try and stop it, over.
Stand by. Right, right, now.
But the car thieves are not having any of it.
They are determined to get away.
Panda on Mountview Road.
Closely behind Tanveer are more police vehicles -
local bobbies in pandas.
Keep your distance. I am fairly certain
he will try and ram into me due to his speed and what he is doing.
Keep your distance, if you can, please.
Heading for open country, the driver's becoming increasingly desperate and dangerous.
Speed is 70. 70.
99, that vehicle is...
Possible dead end here. Stand by for decamp.
While we were going up the dirt track
I thought, he is now looking for somewhere to decamp, do a runner.
Stand by for decamp.
The vehicle is off-road, off-road. I can't see any way out.
Driver out. Black top, blue tracksuit bottoms, white stripes.
Heading towards the church.
In the cemetery of the church now.
He is left, left, turning south, out of the church, on a track towards the quarry.
As he comes to a stop, I think he hits a railway sleeper.
He jumps out of the car and off he goes.
The passenger is not as quick as his mate in the hoodie.
He's been caught red-handed.
He's bearing left into the tree line.
-He is struggling through the tree line.
-He must have been 16,
17, I am 30 - the little head start he had didn't help!
Apparently he's in here somewhere.
The offender has come through the tree line, running south towards the quarry.
Can I have a unit towards Dunstable - head him off.
To the officer that's been chasing this male, if you continue ahead towards the quarry, there is a path
to your left, he will come out there.
Day or night, the helicopter's gyro-stabilised thermal imaging camera
is just the job for tracking moving heat sources.
Except when they're in thick forests.
99, stand by.
I've lost him in the tree line, but I believe he's going to be on a path
which is going to come round the back of the quarry.
Tell the officer in the field looking at the aircraft now,
come towards the aircraft.
He is below me now. In the tree line there.
Luckily, Tanveer, and now a police dog, are closing in fast on their prey.
Police officer with a dog, show yourself!
I was 100% confident that we were going to catch him.
But there's a complication.
Tanveer is in the middle of fasting
for the holy month of Ramadan and running on empty is taking its toll.
Having nothing to eat or drink, it's very difficult.
I normally try and stay away from sports activities.
We have something to eat before sunrise,
and before sunset, we will open our fast,
so we would have nothing during the hours of light.
We will have nothing to drink or eat. On that day, I was fasting.
Albeit a short distance run, it didn't go down well with my system.
Decided to puke on the field.
While Tanveer regains his strength,
in Luton, someone else is experiencing that sick feeling.
The man responsible for the deadly crash in Poland.
-Can you take...?
-Of course I can.
Seven years after the accident, the last thing he was expecting this morning was to be suddenly wrenched
from his home and family in England.
It tugs on your heartstrings, certainly,
feeling for her and a child and, to a certain degree, for him.
As a father, I would not like to be...
pulled away from my wife or my girlfriend and my newborn child.
That's got to be the worst feeling in the world, but the underlying factor is, we have a job to do.
We do it to the best of our ability.
The job to do now is to read Piotr his rights.
Are we going to the big room? After you.
Chris went into the room with him, gave him the Polish copy
of the arrest warrant so he could read it properly.
At home, there's a lot of emotions flying around.
He doesn't want to be taken away.
We are now in the police station, he can concentrate on the task in hand.
On the warrant, there are full details of the offence.
It says on June 17th 2003, the convict violated traffic safety regulations, deliberately so.
Driving a Peugeot car, he failed to adapted the speed to obligatory
limits and as a result of the speed caused a crash with a Mercedes car,
and subsequently one of the Mercedes passengers died on the spot due to injuries caused in the crash.
Another passenger suffered a multi-organ injury, post-injury shock.
Fracture of the left lung and fracture of the pelvis.
The convict escaped on the spot.
So it looks like as soon as the crash occurred,
Peter has run from the scene of the crash.
It was obviously a serious crash, wasn't it?
You felt sorry for him, but you have to think of the family of the deceased.
They would want justice, the person responsible for the death
of their relative to be brought to justice.
The authorities in Poland are keeping their counterparts in Luton very busy today.
Another wanted Polish man has been brought into the main police station.
As it happens, with around 350 being extradited
back to Poland every year, a special fortnightly military flight has even been laid on for them.
OK, Peter, this is your room. Leave your shoes outside.
Let me have one more last check about. No. No belt. Good.
I will come and see you in a while.
I'll make sure that we get in contact with your partner.
Just as Piotr Zak is getting settled in, a PC out on patrol has sounded an alarm on his personal radio.
Chris had escorted Zak down to the cell.
I heard a tone that someone had hit their priority button.
Can someone let me out quickly, please? Have you got keys?
Someone's hit the priority switch.
The priority button is a kind of panic alarm that's only ever used if a cop is in real danger.
When you hear that sound, it sends shivers down your spine, you react to it and drop everything and you go.
There's been some kind of altercation in the middle of Luton.
A PC is in trouble, but it is not clear exactly what happened.
-Where are we going?
-Towards the library, town centre.
In the control room, they are trying to gather what information they can.
A network of CCTV cameras covers the main downtown area.
And they've picked up a disturbance.
Two young men have been caught and are being restrained
while two more have been spotted on cameras fleeing the cops.
One of them has run out of gas, leaving another still on the loose.
Amongst the pandemonium, there is another problem.
-Where are we going?
-The police radios aren't working.
The only information I knew then, there were a couple of lads that had made off from officers.
I'm calling up on the radio to find out what is happening
and realising that the channel that I was on had been dedicated for a firearms channel.
There was a firearms incident going on.
We were being drip-fed information.
The information is that the gang turned on a lone officer,
although it is understood he isn't badly hurt.
One of the gang is still at large somewhere nearby.
All of a sudden, we heard
the second person was seen to be in the multistorey car park.
A few more things were coming through, but at that stage,
I didn't know why we were looking for these individuals.
You all right securing that there for us?
Chris, pull this down.
A dog has been called in to help search the car park, but Martin doesn't want to wait.
The problem is, where he has gone in...
He could have either gone over that fence where Martin has gone into,
or there is a door that he could have come up. He could go higher.
Now the dog is in there, I won't go higher, because the dog will do the whole car park.
Back on the outskirts of Dunstable, the other runner being chased
by the police, the hoodied car thief, has just been spotted again.
I have a faint heat source in that wood.
Officer on Beach Road, walking away from the panda, I want you to walk back another 50m.
Hold there, in case he pops out. He may pop out to your left.
It's a false alarm - it is only Tanveer.
It was me walking through initially, over.
OK, visual of you now.
Despite their efforts and the helicopter's technology,
the car crook has vanished without trace.
He is here. He is hiding in here somewhere.
He is obviously taking cover.
It is difficult for the helicopter to pick up a heat source.
Especially some of the areas, the undergrowth, it is difficult for them to pick up a heat source.
But, thankfully, the cops have a lead on who the lad is.
The passenger caught and arrested in the crashed stolen car has given them the name of a local teenager
who is well-known for burglary and car theft.
This information came from the passenger to 315.
He said it might be worth putting out a Tannoy, over.
We've got a name for the driver, we've got a name.
Hopefully, we put a Tannoy out with his name on it, it may lure him out.
This is the police helicopter...
The Tannoy is another great bit of chopper technology.
A 700-watt loudspeaker system.
This is the police helicopter...
INDISTINCT SPEECH OVER TANNOY
Give yourself up now.
So that message went on for a couple of minutes, a few times, but it didn't work.
He just literally disappeared.
We have reviewed the video, we have him going into the woods.
We never saw him come out.
It is not often someone on foot escapes a police chopper and a police dog.
Extremely thick undergrowth and brambles.
I have searched it as best as I can.
The dog is struggling as well at times.
There is another problem - now the chopper is running on empty.
I'm running out of fuel now. I'm going to have to leave.
I will leave it up to you. Good luck.
However, as they now know who it is, they will issue an arrest warrant
-and pick him up round his house instead.
-We knew who he was.
It was only a matter of time before he would be detained.
If he wasn't detained that day. It's just nice if I could have had him that day.
There's no need for any more beating around the bushes in Luton -
the cops have had better luck.
They have found the lad who was hiding in the multistorey car park.
He's the last to be rounded up after the altercation in the town centre.
It was some sort of scuffle and an emergency button was pressed.
They have two detained. This lad has made off, but we have no idea what he has done yet.
That's him. We got him.
I don't know what for, but we got him.
Back in the control room, they are managing to piece together what exactly happened earlier.
Just out of view of the CCTV cameras, an officer on his own
was viciously set upon by four youths.
While he wrestled with two of them, a pair of Good Samaritans have tried to help.
A taxi driver, in the red shirt, and a passer-by,
who has an assailant that's been cuffed pinned on the floor.
To know one of your colleagues has been assaulted is a horrible feeling.
Almost a sickly feeling.
But when it is someone from the unit that you are a lot closer to, because we are a very close unit,
it's more deep-seated, sickly feeling.
Tim? Where is George Street West?
News has come in that their colleague who was assaulted has taken a turn for the worse.
He's managed to get through to say he's suffering a delayed reaction.
All we knew, that he was on his own and we just wanted to get to him.
You don't know to what degree he's been assaulted.
You need make sure he's OK.
It's a race against time to find him.
Are you all right? Are you all right, mate? What happened?
-Martin and Chris's colleague isn't 100%.
-Nor, still, are the radios.
Golf Alpha 24, urgent.
146 has been kicked in the head. He's got a head injury.
Let the ambulance know, please, get them to hurry up.
All right, mate. Don't worry. Don't worry.
-All right, son. Don't worry.
-His being sick is not because of Ramadan, like Tanveer.
It's much more serious. It's a symptom of concussion.
He is an extremely fit lad.
To see him as pale as he was in the face, deflated and shocked...
To see him in that state, it was a shock to me.
It wasn't nice at all.
He is conscious, he is breathing, he's very light-headed.
The officer, who, because of fears for his safety can't be identified,
is thought to have disturbed the gang while they were burgling a pub.
One of them has then fought with the policeman when he went to arrest them.
We didn't hear a thing, seriously.
During the Taser, there were too many people in the way.
The other three jumped me to stop me getting to him.
As we were laying on the floor, struggling and I'm trying to put handcuffs on him,
one of the group of three have come along and basically toe-punted me to the side of my head.
Ironically, it was a chance encounter,
which happened whilst a separate enquiry for another European arrest warrant was being made.
It is scary, because you don't know what people are intending to do.
At this point, this group are hell-bent on getting away,
which suggests to me if they are that intent on getting away, they have done something serious.
At that point, they could have done anything they wanted.
If they had drawn a knife, I would never have seen it.
This is where it is six or seven minutes old in terms of length of incident,
and still no-one has come to help.
No-one was responding to me.
So for all intents and purposes, I was on my own.
In 2007, a PC was stabbed to death
in one of Luton's main shopping streets.
You certainly don't get paid enough to be assaulted.
You don't expect to come to work and have to deal with it,
although given the nature of the people we are dealing with,
it's now a frequent occurrence.
I think that's the worrying thing, that you've now got
groups of people, groups of young men,
whatever race or religion they're from,
that are now prepared to actually see a police officer on their own
and think, "We're going to have a go here."
You said also that you've been stabbed in your arm.
Yeah, down here.
You can move your fingers, though, can't you? No pins and needles?
I have no issues working on my own at all.
I have no issues in being single crews.
But I have major issues with the way in which current policing cuts
are going to affect the way in which we police.
That type of incident is more likely to be a regular occurrence.
Even being armed with a Taser sometimes is of no use.
The Taser couldn't be used
due to the fact there was more of a risk to me losing the Taser
and being a victim of it,
rather than being able to use it to effect arrest.
Fortunately, despite his kick in the head,
the officer has remembered where he first came across his assailants.
We're coming back as well.
They're gone to the Black Horse. It is the King's Arms, we think.
Thanks very much. Thank you for your help.
While the injured officer goes for a hospital check-up,
his mates are off to the pub, the King's Arms.
After another hectic day, it's literally time for break-fast,
for those observing the rules of Ramadan.
Corn Flakes, though, are not on tonight's menu.
When the sun goes down, we head for the nearest takeaway or home
and literally eat until we can't eat any more.
Can we have three chicken tikkas, fresh naan?
Just do us a bit of doner meat on top, if you don't mind.
After no food or drink for 16 hours, only one thing will do for Tanveer.
I don't mind a chicken tikka, I'm not too fond of shish for some reason,
but it's doner kebab with the salad, peppers, a bit of lemon juice,
a bit of salt...goes down well.
About a thousand and one takeaways along that stretch.
I've been in there and I've purchased food and stuff like that,
and the people behind the counter and everybody else is,
"How are you? How's work? Busy day?"
The community understands what I do, but it all comes back to respect.
You have to respect somebody in order to earn respect.
It's not a one-way thing.
Because I'm wearing this uniform, I'm not better than anybody else.
The King's Arms in Luton, it turns out,
has recently been burnt out.
The cops are hoping a search of it will shed light
on why the men seen there earlier turned so violent.
What we needed to do was go in there to find out
what was of attraction to these lads.
I wonder if that's what they were after.
The pub is either haunted, or Martin and Chris are not alone.
Who's upstairs? It's the police!
I don't know, you know.
Police officers! Make yourself known!
We suddenly started hearing footsteps
of somebody possibly running above a loft hatch.
-So, believing there was somebody else actually inside...
There's movement, coming this side.
Taser drawn, Chris is taking no chances.
It has quite a powerful torch at the front,
but it also emanates a laser dot.
So by shining that up into the loft hatch,
you get the laser as well.
It's a bit of an incentive.
If we've got somebody up there hiding from us,
we need to get them down.
But they may already be down, round the back, outside.
Serious? Don't mess about?
Honestly. Don't go in there until you're sure.
Are you all right here?
All of a sudden, this guy
who I can only describe as Jack Sparrow,
the living Jack Sparrow, comes up to us.
I've got nothing to hide.
-Go, do one.
All right, bro. What's going on here, then?
It doesn't matter. Go!
I tell you what, go away or you're going to get yourself lifted. Go on!
-It's all right. It's well burnt out!
-Go! Move! Go! Go! Go!
It's well burnt out there. Why are they going up there?
-Mate, you seriously need to go now.
-I seriously need to go?
You do. Otherwise, you're going to get nicked.
Why am I going to get nicked?
You're obstructing us. You've opened the door of the police car.
-I'm obstructing you?
-Why? Are you going over there?
Go away! HE LAUGHS
I've obstructed him from going somewhere!
It's your last chance, mate.
With only the old safe inside,
the cops will be weighing anchor as well.
We cleared it and there was nobody in there.
Whether it was a haunted pub or not, or a big rat,
we're not really too sure, but obviously it had to be looked at.
At the police station in Luton, the officer assaulted near the pub earlier
is back from being looked at in hospital.
He's not there, mate.
Martin started having a bit of banter.
When banter begins, and his personality starts coming out,
it's reassuring that he's getting back to his old self and beginning to recover.
His clothes have been seized purely for evidence purposes,
along with that of the offenders' as well.
So if they deny ever being in contact with him,
forensics can look at possible DNA or fibre transfer.
When we went to hospital, and the doctor said...
she checked my ears and said she wanted me to go for a CT scan.
-Now they've taken my clothes off me!
-The main thing is you're all right.
-I appreciate your help.
I absolutely commend Martin for the way that he actually restrained
and effectively defended himself and fought with those...
certainly three of them that I saw on the CCTV,
for the amount of time that he did.
You know, Martin, at a point there, was, I believe,
fighting for survival.
On the outskirts of Luton,
some more traffic cops are running low on fuel.
Sergeant Tony Richardson and PC Sam Sparks
need some for their patrol car and themselves.
I'm going to go and get some petrol
because I've just seen how much we've got left.
-Not a lot.
-We've got 45 miles' worth.
-I'm going to buy some Red Bull.
Yes. I had a litre of it last night...
You know we can have a coffee here, don't you?
I was very tired and the mention of coffee was made
and Red Bull, which means staying-awake juice.
With the tank full, Sam's going for her wings.
We were approached by a young Asian chap.
He was very chatty but, to be fair, very drunk.
And he made some comment, "I'm really drunk, I've driven here."
But at that time, there were no other cars on the forecourt, other than our car.
Even so, Sam and Tony are betting their bottom dollar
the man has driven here.
We're not going far. We're just going to go over the road.
They're going to sit up and wait out of sight
and see if they're onto a winner.
-Where are we going to sit?
-Just over there.
But unless the man gets in a car and then drives,
all bets will be off.
We have the offence of being in charge of a motor vehicle
whilst unfit, but it is easier and better evidence
to actually show that someone is driving.
We're just keeping out of the way at the moment so he doesn't see us.
So we can allow him to get to his vehicle, if he is going to make off.
Sure enough, the man has got a vehicle hidden round the corner.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Sam and Tony's hunch was spot-on. They've hit the jackpot.
As he got into it, then we made our move
to actually stop him if he moved off. Sure enough, he moved off.
Yeah, we've got to follow.
Foxtrot, Mike, Zero, Four, Lima, November, Juliet.
Possible OPL. Sundon Park Road. Stand by.
MESSAGE OVER RADIO
Oh, hang on. No, no, no.
'Confirm you've got a vehicle failing to stop, over?'
-Vehicle's stopped, one in custody.
-Oi, pack it in.
The driver's paralytic, no need for a roadside breath test.
-He's coming quietly.
-I've got it, I've got it.
You're under arrest on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit.
You don't have to say anything, but it may harm your defence
if you don't mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be given in evidence.
1261, one in custody.
'He smelt very strongly of intoxicating liquor,
'so we knew he was drunk.'
It was just to what extent.
That will be determined by testing him at the nick.
-You're not going to be sick, are you?
-Why would I be sick, man?
I wasn't asking you to be sick. I was saying you won't be sick.
No, but my hands feel a bit uncomfortable.
Ah, well. They'll be off soon. Have you been arrested before?
-Me to know, you to find out, innit?
-Don't need to give you no details, nothing like that.
Now he's in the back of the car, he's not coming so quietly after all.
Listen, I'm not reaching out to you. You don't need to take your seat belt off to me.
-What? I'm sitting forward to you.
I'm not shagging you, am I?
-No, you're quite right, you're not.
-like, know what I mean?
'In the back of the car, he was really vile.'
He was really rude, and I think was trying to provoke a reaction to get me angry.
-You won't take that in the TV, will it?
See? You don't like it, do you, officers?
-You don't like it, do you?
-I don't like you.
-You don't like your own
-medicine, do you?
-Yeah, why? Why should I calm down?
-He just was nonstop.
It was eff this and eff that. The expletives that were coming out of him.
Then when we got to the police station,
he then concentrated on sexual innuendos towards Sam.
Make it proper.
No, I don't shag your mum.
-Yeah. Does any...
-You're boring me now.
-Am I boring? How am I boring you?
The man seems to have a problem with women.
I think he had a distinct hatred towards women,
especially the policewoman that had just arrested him.
Put your foot down.
Yeah, you want to see my dick?
-I don't have to give
-all to you.
What are you going to do to me? Nothing!
After breaking his fast and satisfying his hunger,
Tanveer's also heading to a petrol station.
He's after a cuppa...
..to keep himself awake.
I was on my way to the BP to grab a cup of tea.
As I pulled onto the forecourt, I noticed a bike over to the left, parked up.
And I looked into the shop floor
and standing by the counter was this male.
As he looked out and I looked at him, for some reason I thought,
"Yeah, he's had alcohol. He's consumed alcohol."
This bloke who was standing there looks pissed as a fart,
but I can't see any car.
The motorbike outside must be his.
As I went in, he passed me and got onto the bike.
I very quickly spoke to the staff.
They said he'd purchased some cigarettes,
and the staff mentioned that it appeared to them
that he might have consumed alcohol.
As I came out, he sat on the bike, smoking a cigarette,
which to me straight away said, "Look at me, I'm nervous, I'm trying to hide something."
Because anybody with a bit of common sense wouldn't smoke a cigarette
on a forecourt, would they? Let's be honest.
As I pulled out of the forecourt, he then followed me,
and then he went past me as I pulled to the left.
Tanveer's decided it's time to have a word.
I tried to stop him...
..but I think he had other ideas.
Chasing people on motorbikes is always risky.
Chasing drunks on motorbikes even more so.
Tanveer needs permission to carry on from his boss,
the control room inspector, call sign Oscar.
'With motorcycles, motorbikes, it's difficult,
'because the pursuit criteria's different.
'I informed control room that it was a motorbike,
'and this is the speed that he was doing, there's no other vehicles.
'The inspector, the Oscars up there, were happy for me to pursue the vehicle.'
A vehicle failing to stop, it's Kilo, Uniform, Five, Six...
'When he started to weave and he was failing to stop,
'I'm thinking, "Yeah, this guy has consumed alcohol." He does not want to be caught.'
We're just entering Riverfield Drive, towards Darlington Road.
It is some sort of motorbike.
Mixed-race male, wearing a helmet.
Approaching the roundabout, stand by.
He's just been into Bury Walk.
Tanveer is out of luck.
Another one's gone off-road and, this time, he can't follow.
358, he's gone in to Bury Walk,
and it looks like he's turned right into...
I think it's towards Bedford Town Cricket Club.
It's just a matter of having that local knowledge and getting other units in the area,
and plotting up and hoping that it's going to pop out somewhere.
Back at the police station,
the drunk driver with a bad attitude towards women
has had a man assigned to finish his alcohol testing procedure.
-Custody record, please, Sam?
Have you, since the time of the alleged offence,
consumed any or used any of the following things, and, if so, what?
Who's he talking to? Is he talking to you or something like that?
I can't understand him, I need an interpreter.
I can't understand what he's saying to me.
I can't understand you, mate.
Have you smoked within the last five minutes?
-Have you smoked...?
-Not deaf and dumb. What are you saying?
I can't understand him.
The man's been here and done it all before.
He's a person that's known and has actually been convicted
of failing to provide specimen of breath for roadside analysis
and at the station.
He knew the score, he knew what he was going to do.
I warn you that failing to provide either of these specimens will render you liable to prosecution.
Do you agree to provide two specimens of breath for analysis?
Last chance, hero. Are you going to give me any breath?
-I need an interpreter. I don't understand what you're saying.
-See you later.
-Come this way.
Failing to provide is just a way of concealing how much has been drunk,
but the unpleasant man will be charged anyway.
'He was incredibly obnoxious.
'I've not come across one like him for a long, long time.'
It's just good to know that we've got a drink driver off the streets for a while.
Sam's colleague Tanveer is still hoping to get the biker
who fled from the garage off the streets.
It might depend on whether or not he was caught on CCTV.
I went back to the garage to try and speak to the staff
in relation to CCTV, because every forecourt has CCTV.
As you enter the store, there was CCTV in the store,
The footage shows the lad came in for some cigarettes.
He purchased some cigarettes to the value of £5.77.
I think he initially just paid 77p and started to walk off.
The staff just made mention that he owed another £5,
which he promptly paid,
and it was at that point they suspected he had something to drink.
I think for the next 40, 45 minutes, there were two sightings of him.
The first sighting was literally the other side of the field where I had last seen him.
The other sighting was actually in the village of Great Barford.
We took up a static point not far from Great Barford,
hoping he would come past.
Every time there was a sighting, we would head in that direction to see if we can locate him.
Playing the waiting game has paid off.
It's now in Great Barford, making off from another police officer,
or a police officer in the vehicle.
So we'll now head off to Great Barford.
He was seen hiding in the back garden of a house,
where he was detained.
Yeah, that's him.
-This is the chap...
-This is who we saw in the filling station.
-Hello, mate. You all right?
-This is the guy who ran off from me.
-Come on, mate, don't play that game.
-I honestly don't.
-I saw you in the filling station.
In the filling station, Newnham Avenue.
The biker's donned a hoodie, and is claiming it's a case of mistaken identity,
but he isn't fooling Tanveer.
No, I recognise your face. I don't care what you're wearing.
Driver said he was wearing a grey hoodie with a cycle jacket on underneath.
-And the white trainers. Right, nice disguise. Come on, mate.
-We've seen the CCTV, so...
Look out, look out, look out. Have a seat.
'He was a bit of a naughty boy back in the day.
'He then took the right path,
'and last we heard, he was going around local schools, speaking to youngsters
'about how to stay out of local gangs and not get involved in crime.'
And, obviously, be good at school, and do your education.
So, um... Yeah. That's what he was doing.
Clearly he's forgotten the message about practise what you preach.
Another nail in the biker's coffin has been found.
How many has he got in there?
-He'd have probably had two or three.
That's the packet he bought from the filling station.
-Yeah. £5 and how much was it? £5.77?
-I don't know.
Yeah. All right, mate. Pull the other one.
-Right, see you back there.
-Yeah, no worries, mate.
The bike rider's cigarettes turned out to be rather expensive
after a £300 fine was added to his late-night shopping bill
for drink-driving and for failing to stop for the police.
His licence was also taken away for 12 months.
It turned out the drunk driver was driving whilst already banned,
incredibly for being caught drinking and driving six times in the last seven years.
On this occasion, he was sent straight to prison for six months
and given a further driving ban of five years.
The teenage car thief who made Tanveer sick was arrested at his home three days afterwards.
He was sentenced to an 18-month youth rehabilitation order for stealing the car,
and disqualified from driving for a year.
The highly charged male who was arrested at Taser-point for allegedly spitting at a neighbour
wasn't electrocuted, or prosecuted either,
after all the charges against him were dropped.
The Polish hit-and-run driver was flown home a week after his arrest
and is currently serving four years in prison
for causing the death of another motorist.
One of the young men who fought with the police officer pleaded guilty to assault,
and was given a youth rehabilitation order.
Two others were handed referral orders.
But the booty they may have been after in the burnt-out pub
turned out not to be pieces of eight after all.
The safe was empty.
# Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!
# Ha ha ha! #
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
In Bedfordshire, traffic cops armed with 50,000 volt tasers are called in to make a difficult arrest, a lone traffic cop is set upon by a gang of youths in Luton town centre and a desperate teenager leads cops on a hair-raising pursuit in a stolen car.