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Officers from the Essex Police operational support group (OSG) recovered a stolen vehicle which was travelling on the A12 last night.
The vehicle, a white Ford Transit van, was seen by OSG units shortly before 8.30pm on Wednesday January 5.
When the units were placed behind the van, at Three Mile Hill travelling towards Chelmsford, the vehicle did not stop and made off, while also damaging one police car.
The vehicle was eventually stopped, and the driver was arrested after a short chase.
The van has now been confirmed as stolen from Chigwell. A man has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle, criminal damage, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of a Class B drug and a motoring offence.
The vehicle has also been seized.
OSG units also made six arrests of suspected high harm offenders yesterday. The suspected offences relate to burglary, domestic violence, handling stolen goods, sexual and violent offences and racially aggravated malicious communications.