A MAN was arrested in a garden in Burtonwood after a police chase in the early hours of today, Friday.

Police pulled over a Ford Transit van at around 1.40am on the slip road of junction seven of the M62 at Rainhill.

They spotted it had false registration plates.

But a force spokesman said the vehicle sped off and a police pursuit followed.

The occupants dumped the van in Mitchell Lane in Burtonwood.

The spokesman added: "After conducting a search of the area, aided by a police helicopter, officers found a 30-year-old man from St Helens in a garden.

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"He failed to provide a breath test and was arrested shortly after 2am.

"The man is currently in custody being questioned by officers."

Anyone with information can call police on incident number IML 669351.