A police dog tracked down a 16-year-old boy after a van was driven into oncoming traffic on the motorway.

Traffic officers spotted a Peugeot Expert van in the early hours of today in Gorton, with the driver fleeing police.

 Officers said the vehicle turned on to the M60 motorway into oncoming traffic.

The driver stopped the van on the hard shoulder with the driver running off up the embankment.

The pursuit happened at 2.15am.

GMP’s Tactical Dog Unit (TDU) was drafted in with PD Hully (pictured) tasked with finding the driver.

Hully tracked up the motorway embankment, across fields and into the Brinnington estate where the suspect was tracked in children’s play area, still, say police, in possession of the van keys.

The suspect, a 16-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and taking without owner’s consent and remains in police custody for questioning.

Sergeant Paul Holt from Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Dog Unit said: “This job was another great example of the cross-collaboration between several departments in GMP’s Specialist Operations.

“PD Hully and I turned out to this incident knowing that we had to find the suspect after showing total disregard for other people’s safety by travelling down the motorway in the wrong direction.

“On this occasion, I am happy to report that no one was injured during this incident."