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Birmingham 10k run: Arrest after car driven on course

10K competitors Image copyright Great Birmingham 10K
Image caption About 6,500 people from elite runners to walkers took part in the race

A man has been arrested after a car was driven along the course being used for the Birmingham 10k race, police said.

West Midlands Police said the car drove on to the course in Pershore Road at about 12:05 BST on Sunday.

A council worker and a police officer stopped the driver, who reversed and drove off at about 60mph (about 100km/h) along the course, police said.

The car "narrowly missed" competitors before crashing, the force said. The driver abandoned the car and ran off.

PC Gareth Johnson said: "The roads were clearly marked as closed while the race was taking place and it is fortunate that nobody was injured."

The driver was later found trying to hide under a car, a spokesman said.

West Midlands Police said a 35-year-old man from Birmingham had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and released on bail.

About 6,500 people took part in the race, organisers said.

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