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A MAN was arrested on suspicion of burglary then taken to hospital after a police chase left him trapped inside a crashed car.

The 18-year-old, from Gosport, was cut free from an overturned red Peugeot 106 on the M27 before being arrested in connection with a burglary in South Street, Titchfield.

Police were called to the burglary at 9.30pm on Tuesday, but criminals involved had already fled when they arrived.

Witnesses said they saw the offenders leave in a car.

Shortly after, officers attempted to stop a vehicle they believed was involved with the burglary but the driver drove off.

Police followed the man onto the M27 eastbound and witnesses say they saw seven police vehicles pursuing the Peugeot at high speed.

The Peugeot then crashed and overturned at 10.13pm between junctions 10 and 11 of the motorway at Fareham and the 18-year-old was trapped inside.

Two fire crews from Fareham, one from Cosham and the special equipment unit were called out to cut the man free.

The Highways Agency closed the road while emergency services worked on the scene, and slipways to the motorway from junction 9 were also closed.

After he was safely removed from the car, the man was then arrested on suspicion of the hairdressers’ burglary, driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop and dangerous driving.

He was then taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital with minor injuries.

The road was reopened at 3.33am yesterday after the wreckage had been recovered.

A 20-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both from Gosport, have since been arrested on suspicion of the hairdressers’ burglary. The suspects are still being questioned.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Police were called at 9.30pm on Tuesday, October 16 following a burglary at a hairdressers in South Street, Titchfield.

‘Police attempted to stop a vehicle shortly afterwards as they suspected it may have been involved in the incident.

‘The driver failed to stop and police followed the vehicle.

‘This car was involved in a road traffic collision on the eastbound M27 between junctions 10 and 11.’