Suspected drug dealer arrested after two-mile moorland foot chase

Police arrested a suspected drug dealer this week after a dramatic two-mile foot chase across Calderdale moors.

At around 11am on Tuesday, a silver Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for police, resulting in a vehicle chase across the A58 from Littleborough to Rochdale.

The driver lost control of the vehicle at the junction with Blue Ball Road and crashed into the wall.

With the assistance from a member of the public, officers were then able to arrest the passenger of the car on suspicion of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

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However, the driver of the vehicle managed to escape and fled across the open moorland away from Baitings Reservoir.

A police officer chased the suspect across the open moorlands for two miles, through heather and bog.

The open moorland near Blackstone Edge Road
The open moorland near Blackstone Edge Road
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The officer was able to keep up with the suspect and caught up with them at the junction of Blackstone Edge Road and Sykes Gate.

Two other police officers then intercepted the driver at the junction, and arrested them on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

Both the driver and passenger were released under investigation while enquiries continue.

West Yorkshire Police thanked the members of the public who aided the police in the arrest of the passenger.

The police are also asking for any witnesses with dash-cam footage to call 101 quoting reference 13210157528.

YorkshireLive – Halifax