You are an Area Car driver. You are a highly trained police driver. You are trained to carry out pursuits. You are also a very experienced officer..
So now that you have the idea of who you are... you now get the scene setting phase.
You are pulling on to a dual carriageway down the slip road when you spot a car going through in your direction at high speed, you catch the index plate as your headlights hit back of the vehicle. You start trying to catch up and pass the index that you got.
The vehicle is stolen.
The vehicle is a V8 BMW. Something capable of very high speeds and well, lets just say that your average police car is a gutless diesel and it's overloaded with traffic cones and signs! You keep your distance trying not to spook the driver of the stolen BMW up ahead.
You have been following it for some minutes now across several divisions of Southernshire.
You have not activated your blue lights because you are trying to get other units to come on to the road ahead of your location. You know that if you activate blues then it's all over.
A traffic unit comes steaming up the road behind you..
it goes past you..
the blues have been on all this time..
the BMW ahead of you (remember it's a V8), can see all the blue lights on the traffic car now...
so puts his foot down.......
You stand down because you know there is NO WAY that you can keep up or catch the BMW now all due to incompetence..
Less than a minute later all you hear on the radio is "TOTAL LOSS, TOTAL LOSS"
Great move. Specially considering that the units trying to get ahead of this pursuit were still a minute away from the area they needed to be at.
I talked with the area car driver on the next shift I worked with him. Let's just say that he was very pissed off.