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Man arrested after police chase ends in Penrith

[C]umbria Constabulary were contacted at 9.58am today (2nd November) by Police Scotland as part of a pursuit that they were engaged in which entered Cumbria.

A red coloured Audi motor car was the subject of a pursuit by Police Scotland vehicles after it failed-to-stop when required by police officers on the southbound carriageway of the A74(M), south of Junction 17 Lockerbie.

The vehicle was pursued south into Cumbria and onto the M6 motorway.

The vehicle then left the M6 motorway at Penrith, and drove into the town centre where it stopped, after crashing into the HSBC bank in Market Square.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of offences under investigation by Police Scotland. No pedestrians were injured or involved in the incident. The driver is believed to have suffered a minor injury which did not require medical attention.

Cumbria Constabulary will liaise with their counterparts in Police Scotland as enquiries continue.

Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “This was a fast moving incident which involved Cumbria Constabulary officers working with colleagues from Police Scotland and the incident was brought swiftly to a conclusion.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience whilst we have dealt with this incident in Penrith town centre.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “One man, the sole occupant of the vehicle was arrested and was thereafter escorted back to V Division, Dumfries and Galloway.

“He received a slight injury which did not require medical attention.”

Inspector Campbell Moffat of the Roads Policing Unit for the Dumfries and Galloway Division said: “Police vehicles from Police Scotland were involved in this pursuit which concluded in the centre of the town in Penrith.

“Investigations into the circumstances surrounding this incident are currently ongoing.”

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