The doorman of a bar has described how he tried to flag down a car involved in a police chase, after it was seen driving the wrong way through the city centre on Saturday night.

Richard Alman, who works at Kludo on Milford Street, said he stepped into the road to wave a torch in front of the car to help out the driver, but the car narrowly missed him.

He said: “We see it fairly often, people turning left out of Brown Street car park and coming the wrong way up the road. What we tend to do is flash them down with a torch, tell them the error of their ways, and then they turn around and go the right way. We do it to try to help out.

“On this night, we saw the car coming up from Brown Street and I stepped out into the road.

“When he got close to me, I realised he wasn’t stopping and I had to step out of the road to make sure I didn’t get clipped by him.

“I saw the car wasn’t slowing down, so stepped to the side and he just missed me, and when he passed me there was a police car following him with blue lights on.

“The other police car went up Milford Hill, presumably to try and cut him off.

“It was a bit of an adventure. Maybe it’s not a good idea me stepping out in front of people to try and teach them the errors of their ways.”

A 31-year-old man from Andover was arrested following the pursuit.

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Police say they were alerted after spotting a car driving the wrong way down Brown Street around 11.30pm.

The vehicle failed to stop for police, and a pursuit took place through the city centre, along the A30, the A36, then on to the A345 towards Amesbury.

The driver lost control of the car, and collided with another car in Castle Road (A345), at the junction with Paul’s Dene Road.

The driver then ran away in the direction of the nearby Hudson’s Field, according to police.

A dog handler attended the scene and a police dog tracked to a man who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit through drugs, drink driving, failing to stop for police, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He was taken to custody and has since been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called by police to the scene of the collision at 11.45pm.

A crew from Salisbury attended and made the scene safe.

There were no reported injuries from the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220002401. Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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