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Police closed M6 to hunt suspected drug driver who fled car

Written by on July 21, 2020

Police were forced to close the M6 in Lancashire this afternoon as they hunted a suspected drug driver.

Officers had ordered the motorist to stop in the Claughton-on-Brock area at around 1.50pm today (July 21).

However the driver ‘decamped’ and fled the area on foot in the direction of the M6.

He was later seen on the hard shoulder of the motorway between Junction 32 and 33.

Lancashire Constabulary said they were forced to fully close the M6 in both directions near Garstang ‘to ensure his safety’.

It caused huge delays in the area for more than an hour with traffic brought to a standstill.

Officers used a drone unit and police dogs as part of a wide-scale search near the carriageway when the closure was in place.

The man in his 20’s, from Preston, was later found on Stubbins Lane in Garstang.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and remains in custody for questioning.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “At around 1.50pm today (Tuesday) officers on patrol have signalled for a motorist to stop in the Claughton-on-Brock area, however the driver has decamped and made off on foot in the direction of the M6.

“He was seen on the hard shoulder of the motorway so we put a full closure of the motorway in place to ensure his safety.

“He was located on Stubbins Lane, Garstang, a short time later.

“A man aged in his 20s and from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs. He remains in police custody.”

Lancashire Police Tac Ops shared a drone picture of the arrest scene on Twitter and apologised to motorists for any inconvenicence.

They said: “Apologies for the short delay on the M6 this afternoon.

“Suspect ran from a vehicle which prompted an area search alongside the Motorway.

“Drone team along with @LancsPolDogUnit located the male hiding in the thick undergrowth and detained by @PoliceLancaster.”

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