A MAN has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving following an incident in Orford.

Dramatic video footage circulated on social media showing a large police presence and a car engulfed by flames on Poplars Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the one-car crash at around 8pm, with firefighters using a hose reel to put the blaze out and a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

Now, a suspect has been charged over the incident, with the car allegedly taken without consent from the car park of Tenpin bowling alley off Fordton roundabout.

Mark Taylor is due to appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court this morning, Friday, to make a first appearance in relation to the allegations.

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The 36-year-old, of Dovedale Close in Orford, is charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing damage, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

He has also been charged with driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without third party insurance and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

The particulars of the charges allege he took a black Volkswagen Beetle without the consent of its owner, with damage caused to it and a fence.

They also allege that the vehicle was driven in a dangerous manner on Poplars Avenue, and that the driver failed to stop when required to do so by police and failed to provide a sample for analysis by police.