Police say they have arrested a 24-year-old man for dangerous driving after a chase that started when police looking for a man wanted in connection with an assault struggled to stop a car.

The pursuit ended in Pinehurst. One of the occupants of the car was arrested at the scene, but another man fled.

The police helicopter joined the search of parkland and streets around Southbrook playing fields.  The heavy police presence between Pinehurst and Gorse Hill drew onlookers into their front gardens.

What happened?

In response to questions about the police activity, earlier this evening Wiltshire Police said officers were searching for a man wanted in connection with an assault in Swindon last month. A spokesman said: “We want to reassure the public that that there is no risk to the wider community and they should not be unduly concerned.”

But in a new update, the force says officers searching the area have arrested a man – but it isn’t the assault suspect they were looking for.

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The police helicopter circles Pinehurst

A spokesman said officers looking for the wanted man attempted to stop a car at around 6.30pm this evening.

The driver failed to stop and a pursuit was authorised by a senior officer. The chase came to an end in Pinehurst Road.

“One of the occupants of the car was apprehended by police, but the other left the scene on foot,” a spokesman said.


A 24-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without insurance or a licence. He was taken to Gablecross police station.

The force said: “Our enquiries to locate the wanted suspect are currently ongoing.”