A MAN was arrested on suspicion of drug driving following an incident in Leasowe.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, police spotted a Ford Focus travelling at speed in the area of Farnworth Avenue.

The vehicle's 23-year-old driver, who was from Moreton, got out and ran off. After a short chase, was detained.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The arrest came a day after Merseyside Police launched its summer drink and drug drive campaign.

Speaking at the launch, Inspector Keith Kellett from Matrix Roads Policing said: "We will continue to carry out roadside impairment tests on drivers suspected to be impaired by drugs. However, we can additionally test drivers at the roadside using hand held and portable drug testing equipment and arrest them if the result is positive.

"The simple presence of the drug may be sufficient to leave someone facing a driving ban and a significant fine."