A driver who tried to outrun police by jumping into a river in Chertsey was arrested by officers including armed police in the early hours of January 19.

The pursuit happened around 3.30am in the early hours of Tuesday morning and was initiated after the driver of a car deemed "acting suspiciously" failed to stop.

A spokesperson for Runnymede Police who posted about the pursuit said that "numerous locally patrolling road traffic and armed response units" were involved, and succeeded in taking the car being chased "off the road".

📣At 03:30 yesterday (19 January) Police sighted the driver of a vehicle acting suspiciously in #Chertsey. The driver...

Posted by Runnymede Beat (Surrey Police) on Wednesday, 20 January 2021

A foot chase then ensued, ending after the driver attempted to hide in a river, as the spokesperson described:

"The driver was located in the river nearby and was arrested for multiple traffic related offences, criminal damage and possession of a section 5 firearm."

Section 5 firearms are prohibited under UK law, and include weapons such as semi-automatic rifles and pistols.