A man has been arrested after he attempted to evade police in Newry following a cross-border operation.

The PSNI received a report from gardaí that a red VW Golf was being driven towards the Fathom Line area of Newry shortly before 8pm yesterday.

Gardaí said the driver was involved in an incident across the border and may have been in possession of a suspected firearm.

PSNI Inspector Stewart said that officers set up a check point in the area, but the driver failed to stop and drove off at high speed.

Inspector Stewart said police located the car on Ferryhill Road, but when the driver attempted to leave the area he crashed into a wall and two police cars.

There were no reports of any serious injuries and no firearm was recovered, Inspector Stewart added.

The 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol on breath, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He remains in police custody.

"We are fortunate that there were no serious injuries which may have occurred yesterday evening," Inspector Stewart said.

"I would like to thank An Garda Síochána for their co-operation in helping to detain this individual, who showed a complete disregard for the safety of the local community by his actions."