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Driver arrested after armed police pursuit ends at New Forest beauty spot

The Mini was finally stopped at Lepe County Park
The Mini was finally stopped at Lepe County Park

ARMED officers and a police helicopter were involved in a 25-mile vehicle pursuit which ended with a motorist being arrested at a New Forest beauty spot.

The incident on Saturday began when the driver of a Mini failed to pull over for police on the M3 by junction 11.

Armed response vehicles and a helicopter joined the pursuit, along with a dog unit, before the Mini was eventually stopped around 4.15pm at Lepe Country Park in Exbury.

The driver, a 34-year-old man from Old Basing, was detained by officers before being reported for having no insurance and no licence, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

A post afterwards on a local police Facebook page said: “Some excellent work from the team today, with a driver who failed to stop for officers in Chandler’s Ford, pursued by dog unit, officers, armed response vehicles and subsequently stopped in Lepe by our Waterside officers.

“The male has since been arrested for failing to stop, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and no insurance.”

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