Sparks fly as Australian police deploy stinger twice in car chase

If at first you don't succeed, sting it again

AUSTRALIAN police have captured an alleged car thief in Queensland, after pursuing a stolen vehicle in a high speed chase.

Caught on film by a police helicopter, the pursuit began after local police saw the saloon car hurtle past a speed camera. As police followed the driver they also observed the suspect “driving dangerously, at high speeds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour” (62mph).

Officers did successfully ‘sting’ the car with a spike strip, though this wasn’t enough to persuade the driver to give up, so another stinger was deployed. With the tyres now fully deflated, sparks began to fly as the wheel rims scraped along the asphalt.

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The second stinger strip did the trick, though, forcing the driver to abandon the vehicle and attempt his escape on foot. Of course, he was detained by police on the ground moments later.

Subsequent investigations revealed the car had been stolen a couple of days earlier from a block of flats roughly 10 miles away from the scene of the chase.

Credit: Queensland Police Service via Storyful