Shocking footage shows a motorist overtaking at high speed to evade officers, minutes later the vehicle is abandoned and within hours is a smoldering wreck.
Stuart Davison was driving on the A19 through Askern, South Yorkshire at 11.01am on December 30 when he spotted the driver of silver Vauxhall Insignia overtaking dangerously at the level crossing.
As the vehicle approaches him he can be heard saying: “Jesus Christ almighty, f*****g hell.”
After the near miss he says: “F*****g hell, my f*****g heart.”
Moments later an unmarked Police vehicle with blues and twos comes into view, lagging 15 seconds behind the vehicle they are in pursuit of. He shouts: “Get the b*****d!”
Speaking today, Stuart, 49 from Selby said: “I only just had enough time to drive onto the pavement, if I hadn’t it would have been a head on smash without a doubt – the speed he was travelling was frightening.”
A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers directed a grey Vauxhall car to stop on the A19 near Great Heck, Selby just before 11am on Sunday, 30 December.
“The car failed to stop and left the scene at speed along the southbound carriageway of the A19 into Bentley, South Yorkshire just after 11am. Authority for the pursuit was then handed over to South Yorkshire Police.
“No arrests have been made by North Yorkshire Police.”
The force were unable to confirm why the driver was signaled to stop or whether the vehicle was stolen.
Minutes later Jamie Hopson saw the vehicle being driven at speed the wrong way up a one way street – just a mile away. He then discovered it abandoned outside his home on Avenue Road, Askern.
Jamie, 26 said: I was walking home after visiting the local shop at around 11:05am when a silver looking Vauxhall Insignia drove past at speed.
“It drove up a one way street at about 60 mph before parking up.”
Later that evening at 6.30pm footage shows a man thought to be the driver wiping the side of the car. It is also believed briefly before the recording started he spray painted the registration plates to hide the vehicles identity.
A female voice can be heard saying: “He’s sprayed the licence plates, I wonder if that car is nicked then?”
The man then gets back into a white Ford Transit and is driven away, there is also another unknown person on a moped hiding behind the van.
The next morning (31/12/2018) shortly before 6.00am the family is awoken by their mother running up the stairs shouting “They have set it on fire.”
“I ran down stairs opened the front door to find the car completely ablaze.” said Jamie.
“The heat from the fire was ridiculously hot and melted the plastic around our windows, there wasn’t much anyone could do till the fire brigade arrived as it was really bad.
“At one point sparks from the car touched the house which was frightening as my children were asleep in the house.”
A South Yorkshire Fire spokeswoman said: “We were called at 06:04am and attended an incident on Avenue Road, Instoneville in Doncaster on 31/12/2018.
“One crew from Adwick attended and left at 06:34am.
“The cause is believed to be deliberate.”
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that no arrests have been made.