Child, 3, and dog recovered from vehicle travelling 150mph following high-speed police pursuit in Rochdale

Cannabis was also recovered and two men have been arrested.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th May 2024

A three-year-old child and a dog have been recovered from a vehicle travelling at 150mph following a high-speed police pursuit in Rochdale.

The shockingly incident began at around 6:57pm yesterday evening (14 May), and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that officers started pursuing the Audi A3 vehicle on Bury New Road in Heywood, before following it through Rochdale towards Whitworth and then back into the town’s centre.

During the high-speed police pursuit, the offending vehicle managed to reach speeds of 150mph, before it ended up crashing into a lamp post on Bentley Street in the Greater Manchester borough at around 7:10pm.

Worryingly, a three-year-old child was sat on a passenger’s knee during the pursuit, and a dog was also inside the vehicle, GMP revealed.

Once the pursuit was over and the Audi A3 had successfully been brought to a stop, the car was seized by police, the young child was recovered and taken into police protection, and the dog was too seized for its own protection.


Officers then searched the vehicle and cannabis was discovered.

The driver of the vehicle and one of the passengers – who GMP has simply described at this time being “adult men” – were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

Child, 3, and dog recovered from vehicle travelling 150mph following high-speed police pursuit in Rochdale / Credit: GMP

Inspector Richard Shelton, from GMP’s Rochdale district, called the speeds reached by the offending vehicle during the pursuit “beyond unacceptable”.

He continued: “This is extremely dangerous levels of offending, and I’m thankful to report that no one was hurt during this pursuit. The reckless actions of these offenders have put a three-year-old child at risk, as well as members of the public going about their daily business.

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“The speeds reached are beyond unacceptable, and I am pleased that our officers acted swiftly to secure these arrests, bring the child into police protection and seize the vehicle.”

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