A motorist who was displaying a sticker on his car saying “Sorry Officer I Thought You Wanted A Race” during a police pursuit has been branded an “idiot” by the force.

The driver, who was chased by Durham Police in the Murton and Rainton areas, crashed his vehicle following the chase.

The force’s road policing unit tweeted: “Vehicle pursued around Murton and Rainton. Vehicle crashed driver arrested. He had this sticker on the rear. #Idiot”

Durham RPU also posted a picture of the car sticker on its Twitter account.