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Teen is arrested covered head to toe in MUD after trying to evade capture by running across mudflats

A 16-year-old boy who led police on a car chase and fled on foot across mudflats ended up covered head to toe in mud and swaddled in an emergency foil blanket. 

Officers shared photographs of the teenager wrapped in the silver blanket on social media after he was arrested for drug-driving in Hayling Island near Portsmouth. 

Two officers from Hampshire Constabulary attempted to stop the Vauxhall Astra on Saturday evening but, when the car hit a wall, the teen left the vehicle and ran to the mudflats at Langstone Harbour. 

Photographs were shared online of the teenager swaddled in an emergency blanket 

Firefighters and coastguard attended the scene after he entered the mudflats and shortly after, the teenager, from nearby Emsworth, handed himself in. 

In a tweet, one officer wrote: 'Brief pursuit in a vehicle, followed by some extremely unusual effort to evade us in a foot chase. 20 minutes through bushes and then into the mudflats at Langstone.

'Driver detained and requiring a shower.'     

The teen ran from the scene of the crash to the mudflats at Langstone Harbour

Police had attempted to stop the car the 16-year-old was driving but had to give chase 

A spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary said: 'A 16-year-old boy from Emsworth was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, using a vehicle on a road without third party insurance, theft of a motor vehicle, and driving a vehicle with a proportion of a specific controlled drug above the specified limit.'

'He has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.'

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