High-speed police chase ends with stolen vehicle exploding into terrifying fireball

A London high-speed police chase has ended with a stolen vehicle bursting into flames.

The incident, caught on camera by the Metropolitan Police Service Roads & Transport team, saw the officers arriving at the scene of the explosion seconds after it happened.

The force confirmed that a chase occurred after it became apparent that a vehicle, an Audi Q7, was being driven on false number plates.

The chase reached speeds of 87mph through 30mph residential streets.

Officers confirmed that the offenders took risks which the police were not willing to match during the pursuit, which meant they were able to create a few second gap ahead of the police car.

The officers caught up to the vehicle which had crashed seconds earlier and was engulfed in flames.

Officers, not knowing whether the offenders were still trapped in the vehicle or not, headed straight to the blazing car.

It soon became apparent that the offenders had managed to free themselves from the vehicle before it exploded and made away on foot.

A spokesperson for the force, said: "Pursuits can come with inherent risks. Our trained police make difficult part-time decisions with proportionality, necessity and public safety at the forefront of their considerations. All police pursuits are subject to ongoing risk assessment."

As the majority of the public are staying at home during the Covid-19 outbreak, there weren't any innocent bystanders caught up in the terrifying crash.

But due to the severity of the incident, emergency services, who are severely stretched during the coronavirus outbreak had to attend the scene.

Image credit: Twitter - @MPSRTPC

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