An Army bomb disposal team has shut down the M20 after police carried out a successful ‘tactical stop’ on a car after a brief chase.
Kent Police officers had tried to stop the car on the coastbound carriageway of the motorway, close to junction 12.
The driver refused and left the motorway before re-joining London-bound traffic, forcing officers to take action after a brief chase and bring it to a stop.
A bomb disposal team has closed the M20 over concerns about a car involved in a police chase
Police said the bomb disposal unit is there as a ‘precautionary measure’ to make scene safe
A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
The army’s bomb disposal team is now at the scene as a ‘precautionary measure’ over ‘security concerns’ about the suspect’s vehicle.
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘It was pursued to junction 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop with no injuries reported.’
It is not known how long the London-bound carriage of the M20 (pictured) will be closed for
Parts of the M20 have been completely closed off following the incident
‘The motorway has been closed to allow for the carriageway to be made safe for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible.
‘The British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is also currently at the scene as a precautionary measure, following concerns about the security of the subject vehicle.’
Pictures from the scene show an army lorry parked across the London-bound carriageway and both sides are closed to traffic.