A police chase ended with a man crashing through motorway barriers and down an embankment.

The driver was being pursued by police cars and a helicopter after speeding away from officers on Bury New Road but his escape came to an end after he collided with metal barriers at Junction 17 of the M60 in Prestwich.

His car flipped over and travelled around 50 metres down the embankment.

The motorway was closed for around half an hour from 1.20am this morning (Friday) while emergency services dealt with the scene.

Paramedics were able to get the man out of his damaged vehicle and take him away for treatment with the help of firefighters from Whitefield fire station.

A spokesman for GMP said: "At around 1am this morning (Friday 29 May 2020), police engaged in a short pursuit after an Audi A3 failed to stop for officers on Bury New Road, Bury.

"A short time later, the Audi collided with the crash barrier on the roundabout of junction 17 of the M60, sending the car airborne before colliding with a metal fence and landing on its roof, where it further collided with a tree on the grass verge.

"A 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire Service added: "He flipped the car off Bury New Road. He went around 50 metres down.

"There wasn't a great deal for us to do really by the time we arrived.

"But, we assisted the paramedics to put him on a stretcher and carry him up to the ambulance."

While the road reopened after around half an hour, one lane of the motorway remained closed for some time.

In a tweet, a spokesman for Highway England said: "The M60 clockwise at J17 (Whitefield, Prestwich, A56) traffic has been temporarily stopped due to a collision.

"Police and the ambulance service are currently at scene, Traffic Officers are on their way to the area to assist."

Anyone with any information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4736 quoting incident number 137 of 29/05/2020.

Alternatively, reports can be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.