A CAR that was being tracked by police ploughed into a tree on Monday morning.

The vehicle was followed by police from St Helens Linkway at 11.15am on Monday and eyewitnesses report that it ended up smacking into a tree off Dentons Green Lane minutes later.

It is alleged the occupants of the car fled the scene, sparking a manhunt by officers.

A man was later detained by police. Investigations are continuing.