The motorway was closed after police brought a high speed police to an end with a ‘tactical contact’ (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)
The Army’s bomb squad were called to the M20 in Kent after a collision left hundreds stranded.
Frustrated motorists were left to wander the motorway after it was closed when a police chase ended with a car being hit with a ‘tactical contact’.
The high-speed pursuit began on the coast-bound carriageway at Junction 12 for Cheriton when a driver failed to stop at 11.25am on Sunday morning.
The driver evaded police by exiting the motorway, before re-joining on the London-bound section.
Officers eventually brought the vehicle to a halt at Junction 9 in Ashford.
A 27-year-old man from Wales has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop.
The British Army rushed to the scene over ‘concerns’ about the security of the vehicle and declared it safe.
The incident sparked hours of delays and congestion on the nearby A20. No injuries were reported.
Drivers get out of their cars for some fresh air after the motorway was closed (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)
Kent Police said the incident was ‘in the process of being reopened’ shortly after 6.30pm. According to Highways England normal traffic conditions are not expected until 9.45pm.
A police spokesman said earlier: ‘The M20 is currently closed in both directions between Junctions 8 and 9 following the arrest of a man by Kent Police.
‘Shortly after 11.25am on Sunday, April 25 officers attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the M20 coastbound near Junction 12.
‘The vehicle did not stop and exited the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway.
‘It was pursued to Junction 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop with no injuries reported.
‘A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
‘The motorway has been closed to allow for the carriageway to be made safe for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible.
‘The British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is also currently at the scene as a precautionary measure following concerns about the security of the subject vehicle.’
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