THIS is the moment a moron fleeing police dumped a posh 4×4 on train tracks after smashing through a closed level crossing barrier and motoring past stunned commuters.
The car was abandoned on the line at Cheshunt in Hertfordshire after it sped off during an earlier police stop – injuring two cops.
And a huge manhunt is under way this afternoon as police search for the driver.
The drama began earlier today when a male and female police officer tried to stop the car at Cheshunt train station and asked the driver to get out of the vehicle.
Footage filmed from a nearby home records the female officer, who is holding a baton in one hand, shouting: “Get out of the car.”
The male officer can then be heard saying: “Out of the car, out of the car.”
But the driver – who had the windscreen wipers going at top speed, despite today’s sunshine – suddenly reversed backwards.
COMMUTERS’ SHOCK AT CHASE
The door was still open, and both officers were shoved backwards along the street.
Although the female officer managed to get free, the male cop was dragged by the door – before the driver suddenly stepped on the brakes, sending him flying into the road.
The motorist then carried on reversing, smashing into cars behind the 4×4 and around it.
Thankfully, neither officer was seriously hurt, police say.
The car was then driven off at high speed before ending up on the railway line.
CCTV captured at the crossing shows the vehicle smashing through the barrier, which had been down to let a train pass.
More footage from the station shows the car skidding on the sleepers and kicking up a cloud of dust as it races along the track.
It was eventually abandoned on the tracks between Cheshunt and Waltham Cross stations, Herts.
Police and emergency services were seen swooping on the area earlier this morning.
At least 10 police cars, an ambulance and a fire crew were at the scene.
One commuter said the manic driver was dicing with death.
“There are about six or seven trains an hour around then and he missed rush hour by such a small margin,” they said.
“It’s just crazy, it could have been horrendous.”
Trains have been disrupted across Hertfordshire, London, Essex and Cambridge, with problems expected until at least 2pm.
Officers say they were initially called out to reports a stolen car had been driven into the county from Essex – before the driver fled in terrifying style.
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A spokesperson said today: “At around 9.30am on Thursday, our control room was made aware that a stolen vehicle had travelled into Hertfordshire ground from Essex.
“The vehicle was located in Cheshunt and officers from Essex Police attempted to speak to the driver.
“The vehicle then made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.
“Officers from Hertfordshire attended to assist with the search and the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks in Windmill Lane.
“A search of the area is currently being carried out to locate the driver and officers are working alongside British Transport Police to recover the vehicle.
“It was not struck by a train at any point.”
British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Officers received a report of a car on the railway line in Cheshunt at 9.43am today.
“Officers are currently on scene responding to the incident alongside colleagues from Hertfordshire Police and Essex Police.”
National Rail Enquiries said trains running through the station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.