Police attempted to stop the silver Ford Focus on Monkton Street shortly before 15:30 but the driver failed to pull over.
During the pursuit the suspect vehicle is said to have collided with temporary roadworks at St John’s, narrowly missing a pedestrian. It is also reported that the vehicle travelled the wrong way down a number of one-way streets.
The chase has now ended on a narrow bridleway at Dame Anthony’s Common.
Dogs have now been called in to search the area in the hope of tracking down the wanted driver, but the vast woodland has multiple exits.
UPDATE @ 17:35 – The uninsured and untaxed Ford Focus has come to a stop at a narrow bridge at the bottom of Playstreet Lane, near the cow field.
The driver has escaped into the woods and has avoided arrest.
Recovery of the vehicle has been arranged but is expected to take sometime.