A MAN was caught by police hiding in a garden after a stolen car crashed and ended up on its roof last night.

A police helicopter helped to catch him after he ran off from the Hyundai vehicle in Barrows Green Lane, Widnes.

A 25-year-old from Widnes, who lives in St Helens, was arrested and is now in custody.

Det Insp Matt Durcan said: “The car was stolen from Halton Road in Great Sankey at 4.30pm. A lady was delivering leaflets in the area and left her car unattended for a fraction of a second.

“A man jumped in and drove off.

“An hour later, a patrol came across the vehicle in Sankey and followed it.

“It was driven fast, erratically and dangerously towards Widnes on the wrong side of the road. It clipped the kerb and ended up on its roof.

The driver will be interviewed this afternoon.

Lee Wright, who posted this picture on the Facebook page of the Star's sister title the Widnes World, said: “It was really lucky that nobody was hurt.”

This stolen car ended up on its roof.