A 17-YEAR-OLD from Hampshire was arrested in Salisbury yesterday after a vehicle failed to stop for police on the A30.

At around 1.35pm on Thursday July 18, officers attempted to stop a Land Rover Discovery just outside of Salisbury.

The driver failed to stop and continued on through Firsdown.

A short pursuit took place, before the vehicle crashed into a field south of West Winterslow.

The driver fled the scene on foot and a lengthy search was carried out, which included the assistance of the dog unit, police helicopter and drone unit.

About 90 minutes later, officers sighted a person matching the description of the driver in Alderbury - seven miles from where the 4x4 crashed.

He ran off from police but was detained and arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, theft of metal and taking a vehicle without consent.

During the arrest, two police officers were assaulted.

He was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings said: “This was an excellent example of different teams working together to locate an individual who had failed to stop when requested to do so by officers.

“The vehicle was seen to drive at speed with no regard for other road users and then overturned in a field off Livery Road.

"It was extremely fortunate that nobody was injured, or worse, killed.

“The dog unit, drone unit, NPAS, and local officers worked together to put a containment on the area after the driver decamped, and a male was later arrested.

"During this time, two officers were assaulted – causing an injury to an officer’s ankle. This is completely unacceptable behaviour and simply will not be tolerated.”

The teenager remains in custody for further questioning.