A MAN was arrested in Westcliff after he was found driving a cloned vehicle.
The Road Crime Team (RCT) who arrested the man were on patrol on Wednesday September 27 when they received information that a cloned vehicle was in the Westcliff area.
RCT officers regularly patrol as part of county-wide patrols to tackle road crime.
A police spokesman explained: “Cloning a vehicle is when a criminal copies the identity of another vehicle by stealing or duplicating their registration plates.
“Often criminals will then use the cloned vehicle to carry out further crime or avoid speeding or parking fines.”
The RCT officers located the Mini car in Prince Avenue at around 8pm, where they stopped the driver, who was accompanied by a woman passenger, as he pulled into a garage forecourt.
The RCT were joined by colleagues from Operational Support Group and Dog Section, before enquiries at the scene revealed the driver, a 33 -year-old man from Chelmsford, was driving the vehicle despite not having a driving licence or insurance.
Officers conducted a thorough search of the vehicle at the scene, with those checks proving the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
RCT officers arrested the driver on suspicion of theft of a car, no driving licence and no insurance. He was further arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
The vehicle was recovered to allow a detailed forensic examination to take place.
The woman passenger’s details were also checked, only for officers to discover she was in breach of a court order.
The man remains in Police custody for questioning and the 33-year-old woman has been charged with failure to comply with a court order for an unrelated offence.
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