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Man arrested after chase by police across M6 at Preston

Posted on - 4th July, 2023 - 5:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Roads, South Ribble News, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
The cannabis found in the Mini Cooper by police Pic: South Ribble Police

A man has been arrested after running across M6 while being chased by police.

A Mini Cooper was stopped at 8.41pm on the M6 at Preston in the southbound carriageway during Monday 3 July.

Update: Man to appear in court charged with possession of £50,000 of cannabis

South Ribble Police said: “Instead of pulling on to the hard shoulder, the driver stopped the car in a live lane of traffic, ran across the southbound carriageway, hurdled the hard shoulder and ran across three lanes of the northbound carriageway.

“A search was made of the area, with officers on foot aided by the police helicopter and drone team.”

Read more: Police put Preston city centre into high alert following youth disturbances

Police eventually tracked the man to Cuerdale Lane in Walton-le-Dale.

A substantial amount of cannabis was uncovered by police and a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Supt Hassan Khan of Lancashire Police’s Special Operations Team, said: “This was an excellent and determined response from our officers which resulted in the seizure of a large amount of drugs.”

Police put a block on the M6 traffic during the chase and 23 drivers who ignored the red X signs on the motorway are due to be contacted by police for failing to stop.

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