A SERIAL car thief on the run from jail will be quizzed by cops over a horror high-speed crash.
Footage of a stolen £50,000 Audi TT Quattro spinning out of control and smashing into a wall in Walsall, West Mids, went viral last week.
Andrew Twist is understood to be recovering from his injuries in hospital
And The Sun can now reveal the police’s prime suspect is Andrew Twist, 37 – who had absconded from open prison just hours earlier.
He was jailed in January 2017 for four years for dangerous driving after ANOTHER high-speed crash following a police chase.
Twist, from Brierley Hill, West Mids, was serving time at Sudbury open prison, Derbys, when he strolled out on May 7.
Within hours he is alleged to have burgled a house, stealing rifles and a safe, before making off in the Audi.
@snappersk 2018 A ‘stolen’ Audi smashed into a wall flinging the driver on impact
@snappersk 2018 Police confirmed the driver was taken to hospital
@snappersk 2018 A safe, cigarettes and rifles were discovered at the scene
Police in Walsall are said to have clocked him driving at speed at around 9pm on the same night, before Twist crashed moments later.
He is understood to remain under guard in hospital recovering from minor injuries.
A source said: “It’s frankly astounding that someone with Twist’s track record should be able to abscond from prison and then be arrested for a virtually identical offence on the same day.”
Twist was convicted of dangerous driving in January 2017 after crashing into two parked vehicles and ramming a police patrol car in August 2016.
@snappersk 2018 The footage showed a single tyre rolling down the hill as onlookers rushed over
@snappersk 2018 The car had ploughed into a wall of a newly built home
@snappersk 2018 The £50k car was understood to have been taken in a burglary
He was behind the wheel of a stolen £30,000 black Mercedes ML250 when cops tried to stop him.
But Twist roared off, reaching 90mph in a 40mph zone as he tried to evade officers.
Six police cars were involved in the six-mile pursuit, which lasted 15 minutes, a court was told.
He sped through red traffic lights, drove on the wrong side of the road and even tried to drive on the rims of his wheels after police used stinger mats to try to force him to a halt.