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The highway closure followed a police chase just before 11:30 a.m. Bomb disposal experts were present as a “precautionary measure” due to “safety concerns” of the vehicle.

The vehicle was then declared safe and removed from the road.

Police said officers attempted to stop the vehicle which was “traveling at excessive speed” on the M20 near junction 12.

The vehicle did not stop and left the motorway before returning to the road towards London.

He was arrested at Exit 9 when a police car established “tactical contact” to end the pursuit.

“She was chased to Exit 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop without any injuries being reported.

“A 27-year-old man from Wales has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and of not stopping for the police.

“The motorway has been closed to allow safety of the roadway for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible.

“The British Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team is also currently on the scene as a precautionary measure due to concerns about the safety of the vehicle in question.”

In a 6:30 p.m. update, the force said the M20 was being reopened.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-25 14:29:00