Simon Curtis, 40, of East Road, Mersea, was at home with his family when his daughter heard his truck being stolen.Luckily for Simon, they didn’t wind up at a traveller’s site, or it probably wouldn’t have mattered how many cops he had trailing him…
He and her boyfriend, Mark, raced outside and gave chase.
What followed was a seven-mile pursuit involving the force’s finest. Even the dog unit was drafted in to catch the culprits.
Eventually, Simon pulled over and left the chase to the police, before the truck was found abandoned on The Willows estate up against a bungalow.Whew! A happy ending, then?
However, the recovery is not all good news for Mr Curtis, as the truck is now being checked by the forensics team – which means he cannot use it for work.Great. Even when you win, you lose out…
He said: “I’m a builder and I’m at home when I should be at work, so I feel more anger than relief.
“I knew they wouldn’t let me have it. I just wanted to pick it up.
“Also, the insurance company said it will only give me a courtesy car if it has to be repaired, and not because the police have it.
“So I am stuck at home waiting for the police now and trying to sort out an alternative.”