Two men arrested after six-mile police chase the wrong way round the M25


Two men have been arrested after driving about six miles up the hard shoulder of the M25, in the opposite direction of traffic.

Police followed the black Vauxhall Astra after it failed to stop for police on the A22 in Godstone, Surrey, at about 4.40am.

It then joined the M25 using an exit sliproad at junction six, and drove the wrong way down the hard shoulder, before leaving the motorway at the next junction.

A Surrey Police spokesman told the Daily Mail: "It continued travelling in the opposite direction to traffic on the hard shoulder while police units followed from the other side.

"The vehicle was subject to a stinger activation and was eventually brought to a halt on the M26 in Kent where the occupants decamped."

Two men in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

One of the men was taken to hospital with a shoulder wound, and the other is in police custody.

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