Six charged over Leeds crash fugitive

Four women and two men are due to appear in court later this month charged with helping a teenage fugitive to evade the police after he fled leaving a man seriously injured in a stolen car.

The 17-year-old was hunted by police for more than a month after he ran away from the wrecked Fiesta, stolen from Bradford, leaving a 22-year-old man unconscious.

The drama happened on September 6 last year when the Fiesta hit a VW Polo as it sped through the crossroads junction of the Leeds Outer Ring Road and Branch Road at Wortley, Leeds.

The car mounted the kerb, hit a lamppost and was catapulted through the air, over bollards, landing on its roof in the front garden of a house in Blackpool Terrace.

Luckily the driver of the Polo suffered only minor injuries.

Residents on Blackpool Terrace described being woken at about 5.15am by the sound of the crash.

One told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "There was this metallic scraping so I got dressed and ran outside.

"It looked like a lad had been thrown out of the car, he was lying in the garden a few yards away from it.

"There was a lot of blood, so we got some towels and tried to soak it up while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. It was a pretty shocking scene.

"The car was in a really bad state – I can't believe anyone could have walked away from it," added the resident.

The injured man from the Fiesta was taken to Leeds General Infirmary in a critical condition, but later recovered from his injuries.

He is currently on bail pending further enquiries into his involvement in the incident.

At the time the teenager, who cannot be named and was also sought in connection separate offences including burglary, theft and assault, was classed by North West Leeds Division as its "most wanted" man and officers conducted extensive enquiries to trace him.

Despite numerous repeated visits to addresses linked to him, he was not arrested until October 7 following detailed investigations by detectives from the Division's Offender Management Unit.

He was then charged with a number of offences and appeared before Leeds Magistrates last month when he was made the subject of a Supervision Order.

Prior to his arrest, officers acting on intelligence arrested a 25-year-

old Bramley, Leeds, woman on suspicion of assisting an offender and subsequently arrested a 48-year-old man and 32-year-old woman, both from Farnley, Leeds, and a 19-year-old woman, from Bramley, on suspicion of the same offence.

Following the wanted youth's arrest, officers also arrested a 51-year-old man, from Wortley, on suspicion of assisting an offender and a 46-year-old woman, from Bramley, on the same charge.

The six have now been charged and are due to appear before magistrates in Leeds on Friday, January 21.

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