A MAN was caught by a police dog in St Helens last week after reportedly testing positive for cocaine while driving.

Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Unit reported that the driver of a white Volkswagen Golf failed to stop for a police patrol at around 9.10pm on Thursday, March 28, on Elton Head Road.

Officers later spotted the same car on Thornaby Road and reported seeing a male attempting to flee the scene.

READ > The reason this mural is being created on the side of a St Helens music venue

Merseyside Police's German Shepherd, Zargo, is reported to have caught the suspect which allowed officers to detain him.

Following this, a 24-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drug driving, failing to stop and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Officers also reported that a female passenger, who was left in the car, was found to be in possession of ketamine.

She was given a community resolution disposal, officers have confirmed.