Stinger device used to stop dangerous driver

Chris Tindall
June 25, 2023

Nottinghamshire Police was forced to deploy a heavy-duty stinger to bring to a halt an HGV driver who refused to stop on the A1.

Officers instructed the Iveco lorry driver to pull over near Cromwell, suspecting him of using false plates, but when he ignored them, they set off in pursuit. The police said even after his tyres were deflated by the device he continued driving the HGV for several minutes before abandoning his vehicle near Fernwood, Newark.

The suspect was found hiding in the undergrowth by a security guard from a nearby service station and arrested by officers. The driver later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and he was jailed for 19 months and banned from driving for 6 years.

PC Haddon Smith, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was an extremely dangerous display of driving that could very easily have resulted in serious injury to police officers or other road users. It goes without saying that an HGV being driven in this way poses a considerable risk to other road users, so it was imperative that we ended this pursuit quickly.

After the lorry went over the stinger, the tyres started to smoke, I could smell burning rubber, and parts of tyre were being flung across the carriageway.”

About the Author


Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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