Drivers were forced to take evasive action as a stolen car led police on a 50-mile chase at speeds of more than 100mph.

The drama on the M62 on Friday afternoon ended when the Vauxhall Zafira smashed into the central reservation near Bradley Woods, shutting the motorway.

Witnesses said as many as seven or eight police cars hurtled down the westbound carriageway with the force helicopter directing from above.

The stolen car was seen to swerve in and out of traffic on the busy motorway.

Amazingly, no other vehicles were involved in the smash though one least one police car appeared to have sustained front-end damage.

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Driver Shaun Peacock, 44, of Marsden, saw the drama unfold and said: “It was quite frightening at the time. How no one else was involved I don’t know.

“It was like a scene from a movie. It was totally unreal. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The Examiner understands the police pursuit started in the Humberside force’s area. It is thought the car came onto the M62 from the A63 around Brough.

Officers from East Yorkshire called in their West Yorkshire counterparts as the stolen car crossed the county border.

Officers from the West Yorkshire Roads Policing Team joined the pursuit.

The car, which contained a man and a woman, eventually smashed into a safety barrier about 2.30pm and was quickly surrounded by police.

The couple were arrested and the man was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

The motorway was closed immediately and it was about an hour before it partially re-opened. It was fully re-opened at around 4pm but long tailbacks built up.

Car hits central reservation of M62 westbound near j25 at Brighouse.
 

Shaun, a textile worker in Cleckheaton, was at the wheel of his Citroen C3 when he saw flashing lights in his rear view mirror.

“I saw flashing lights in the fast lane and I pulled into the slow lane and suddenly a vehicle appeared from behind a van. It was shooting through and weaving through the traffic. Cars were scattering out of the way.

Driver Shaun Peacock, of Marsden, who saw police pursuit on the M62
Driver Shaun Peacock, of Marsden, who saw police pursuit on the M62
 

“After that there was a stream of police cars – at least seven or eight. The speeds must have had 100mph or more.

“It was frightening to see cars coming through at such speeds. It only takes one car to lose it and there could have been mayhem. Full praise to the police for bringing it to a safe end.”

The force helicopter tweeted later: “M62 westbound J30-25. Vehicle pursuit. Stolen vehicle, both occupants detained. Good work by West Yorkshire Roads Policing Unit.”

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