A stolen car crashed during a police and helicopter chase in Wirral in the early hours of this morning.

Merseyside Police have arrested a man on suspicion of various offences following the “shocking” theft in Birkenhead.

Police officers were called to Wirral Way Service Station on Borough Road to reports of a Mini being stolen from the petrol station at around 12.20am on Tuesday, October 5.

Wirral Way Service Station Credit: Google Maps

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter assisted the search in the area and the car was found to have crashed in Park Road South in Birkenhead.

Further enquiries led to a man being detained at a nearby address.

Park Road South, Birkenhead                            Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 35-year-old man, from Rock Ferry, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. He was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving; disqualified driving; and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He remains in custody for questioning.

“This would have been a shocking incident to have experienced or witnessed”

Detective Inspector Barbara Hebden said: “This would have been a shocking incident to have experienced or witnessed and thankfully nobody was injured during the theft or the driving which followed.

“Although a man is in custody, we’re still keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or captured anything on CCTV, dashcam or other devices as we continue to investigate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre quoting reference 21000690287.

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