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Cop commandeers civilian’s bike, tackles drug dealer in wild street chase: Video


Wild footage out of the U.K. shows a police officer commandeering a civilian’s bike in order to track down and tackle a drug dealer who was in possession of a stash of drugs disguised as candy. 

“This incident was an example of good old fashioned policing where our officers and members of the public worked together to take down a man whose actions were a blight on the community,” Inspector Beth Warren, of Northamptonshire Police, said of the dramatic footage, according to SWNS News. 

The scene unfolded on Aug. 23 in Northampton, after police received a call from a member of the public that a man, later identified as Sean Prosser, 28, had carried out a drug deal. Police constable Lewis Marks jumped into action and pursued Prosser from his police vehicle, the video shows. 

Prosser was seen riding a bike and ducked into Beckets Park, forcing the cop to hop out of his car and pursue the suspect on foot. 

Booking photo of Sean Prosser

Sean Prosser, 28, was arrested and charged on drug crimes in the UK.  (SWNS News)

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Marks then spotted a civilian on his own mountain bike and asked to commandeer it. 

“Can we borrow your bike? Can we borrow your bike? Thank you,” Marks is heard saying in the footage. 

The wild video shows the cop hustling on the mountain bike through the park and city streets until he catches up with Prosser, and tackles the man. 

“Ow! My head. I haven’t done anything,” Prosser is heard saying in the footage as the two tussle on the ground. 

Cop getting on bike

Police constable Lewis Marks hopping on a bike to track down a drug dealer.  (SWNS News )

Marks handcuffed the man and radioed colleagues that he “rammed [Prosser] off his bike.” 

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“I’m going to get this bike back to its owner. I just grabbed it off a member of the public,” he added. 

Police arresting drug dealer

Police constable Lewis Marks puts drug suspect in handcuffs.  (SWNS News)

The video shows the officer cycling back to the park, where he meets up with the owner of the bicycle and thanks him for lending him the mountain bike. 

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“Mate I caught him, I wouldn’t have caught him without your help,” he tells the man as they shake hands. 

Men shaking hands

Police constable Lewis Marks shakes hands with a civilian who loaned him his bike to track down a drug dealer.  (SWNS News)

Prosser was taken into custody and found to be in the possession of a large sum of cash, and a phone containing text messages related to drug deals, according to SWNS. Police also found a Kinder egg candy toy that contained heroin and crack cocaine. 

He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, escaping from lawful custody, acquiring/using/possessing criminal property, being concerned in the supply of cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin. He pleaded guilty earlier this month and was sentenced to more than three years behind bars, according to SWNS. 

“The quick-thinking of PC Marks ensured Prosser was arrested swiftly and I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the member of the public who let us borrow his bike,” Inspector Warren of Northamptonshire Police added of the officer’s actions, according to SWNS. 

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“Tackling drug harm is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police and I hope this case demonstrates how quickly we act on community intelligence in order to make our town a nicer place to live.”



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