A 17-year-old has been released under investigation after a stolen van crashed into several cars in Sholing while evading the police.
and after it failed to stop the pursuit started.
The van then crashed into several parked cars on St Monica Road, Mortimer Road, and Ludlow Road in Sholing.
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The car stopped on Peveril Road, where the driver and passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran away.
A 17-year-old boy from Southampton had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and theft of a motor vehicle.
He has now been released under investigation, having been on bail until Monday.
One of the cars that were crashed into on Peveril Road belonged to driving instructor Gyozo Budai.
The 42-year-old used the blue Ford Focus St-Line to teach people how to drive and had his holiday plans in jeopardy as he scrambled to find a car hire to drive to Hungary with his wife and three children.
Police staff investigator Steve Hortin said: “I am pleased to see that a prolific criminal has been sent to prison for the crimes that he has committed and that he is now off the streets of Southampton.
“The ruling shows that despite being released from prison early following an earlier conviction, that William Strait showed a complete disregard for the criminal justice system and acted as if that was the end of the matter. However, he has been reminded that when released early he is at risk of being recalled to prison if he fails to behave in accordance to his probation conditions.
“It is hoped that he will learn an important lesson following his latest conviction and that, just as importantly, the general public feel reassured that the constabulary will continue to relentless pursue those who cause harm in our communities and secure justice for the crimes they have committed. We remain committed to protecting our local communities and hope that today’s result demonstrates that.”