A STOLEN pizza delivery car rammed into a police car during a police pursuit through the city last night.

At about 9.45 yesterday evening (March 24), police received a report of a blue Skoda Fabia being stolen in Wain-a-long Road, Salisbury while the occupant was delivering a pizza to an address.

Officers located the vehicle about 20 minutes later being driven in the Bemerton Heath area.

The vehicle failed to stop and officers pursued the vehicle from Bemerton Heath, along Wilton Road and into the Churchfields Industrial Estate where the officers blocked the exit point from a secure yard.

The vehicle, faced with a dead end, turned around and rammed the police vehicle being driven by Inspector Garvin and Sergeant Bliss.

Officers used their batons to get into the car and arrest both suspects.

Two local males, aged 33 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, disqualified driving, driving while under the influence of drugs and going equipped to steal.

While in custody, police say, one of the men tested positive for coming into contact with SmartWater - a property marking substance that is difficult to remove from skin and glows under UV light. Officers will now be conducting further enquiries to establish where that substance has come from.

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “This was a prompt and coordinated search for the stolen car resulting in two arrests. The horror and dangers involved in pursuits has been made stark in recent news and I can only imagine the fear the officers had when faced with a vehicle reversing towards them. Thankfully they were able to avoid injury and take decisive action preventing this incident placing other lives at risk. If only they had taken the government advice and just stayed at home.”

If anyone saw the car being stolen on Wain-a-Long Road or has any dashcam footage contact Wiltshire Police by calling 101 or email SalisburyAreaCPT@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk, quoting 29757.