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Suspect leads police on harrowing 13-hour chase round Panmure roundabout

Pictured: the approximate route taken by the suspect, as disclosed by police earlier today.

Pictured: the approximate route taken by the suspect, as disclosed by police earlier today.

Police have finally apprehended a man they suspect of drunk and dangerous driving, after he led them on an epic 13-hour chase around the iconic Panmure roundabout.

Police began chasing the suspect, who several motorists had flagged as driving erratically, at around 8:50pm last night. The chase concluded this morning at just past 10am, just several metres from where it began.

In two vehicles, police pursued the man as he drove in a mostly legal clockwise fashion around the roundabout an estimated four and a half thousand times.

Constable Darryl McArthur, who was one of the drivers pursuing the man, says it was exhausting, but he’s just glad the chase is over.

“Oh, yeah, it was a long night,” he told media this morning. “I’m just glad nobody was hurt, and we managed to bring this guy into custody.”

McArthur expressed a feeling of “helplessness” with the chase, saying, at one point, they had no idea how they were going to catch or intercept the suspect’s vehicle.

“He just kept going round and round and round, we were waiting for him to indicate, or something, but he just kept on going, so we had to keep on going.”

The man was finally forced from his car and arrested when it ran out of petrol just next to the Lagoon Drive exit.

“It’s a good thing he ran out of petrol when he did,” said McArthur. “Our petrol light was on, so who knows what could’ve happened?”

The man is set to face one charge of driving under the influence, as well as several charges of wasting an officer’s time.