POLICE arrested a speeding driver after he stopped the car and tried to flee on foot.

An officer spotted the suspect speeding along Kingswood Avenue at 10.40pm on Friday and followed him until he stopped the car and ran off. After a short chase, the officer arrested the man in his 20s in Dulverton Avenue on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, careless driving, driving under the influence of cannabis, and driving without insurance.

The suspect, a man in his 20s, is already on license for dangerous driving, drug driving and driving without insurance He has been released under investigation after being taken into custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Sgt James Neighbour said: “This was excellent work by the officer involved who was suspicious of the vehicle when it was seen being driving at excess speed – when the driver decamped, the officer gave chase and caught up with the suspect.

“I cannot stress enough the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of drugs. You are not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of other road users and pedestrians. I’d urge anyone considering getting behind the wheel of a vehicle having taken illegal drugs to seriously rethink their actions."

“If you suspect someone of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to please call 999 and give as much information as possible including a description of the vehicle and driver, and direction of travel.”