Man Arrested After Car Goes The Wrong Way Down The M6

2 August 2016, 17:14 | Updated: 2 August 2016, 17:17

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A man's been arrested after a car drove the wrong way down the M6 in a police chase last night.

The suspect, a 27-year-old from London, was arrested in Staffordshire on Monday night after a Ford Galaxy travelled northwards along the hard shoulder of the M6 for about five miles.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) tried to stop the vehicle at about 8.40pm on the A449 but it then joined the southbound carriageway of the M6 at junction 13 near Stafford.

The vehicle then exited the motorway at junction 14 and the man was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

12kgs of cannabis was found inside the car and the man was also arrested for drug dealing.

A second man in the car made off and has not been found.

DCI Paul Bentley, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Thankfully no-one was injured during this incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy.

"Thanks to proactive policing by colleagues from CMPG, and partnership working between them and local policing officers, we have seized a large amount of drugs and taken a potentially dangerous driver off the road.

"Our investigation into the incident is still ongoing, with inquiries to trace the second suspect continuing."