A MAN has been arrested after ramming a police car and losing control of the vehicle as he tried to flee the scene.

Shortly before 3.30pm on Friday afternoon a car was involved in a crash on the A49 north of Hereford, near to Church Road in Lyde.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said the car drove away at speed after ramming a police car.

"Two police officers in a police vehicle were involved in a collision, and in an attempt to detain a suspect the police vehicle was rammed," they said.

"The suspect then left the scene at speed where they lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

"A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft, fraud and dangerous driving offences."