THE M5 was shut northbound overnight following a crash between a police vehicle and a car.

Avon and Somerset Police said the crash took place just before 9.40pm last night as officers in a marked car attempted to stop a vehicle linked to a suspect.

A force spokesman said: "Officers have arrested a driver on suspicion of dangerous driving after a collision on the M5 northbound near junction 21.

"It happened just before 9.40pm on Monday, August 5 as officers in marked police vehicles attempted to stop a car linked to a man wanted by another police force.

"Fire and ambulance crews attended.

"A police officer went to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

"A 27-year-old man also received injuries not believed life-threatening and was arrested.

"The M5 northbound was completely blocked.

"It remained closed while emergency services responded and collision investigators examined the scene and pending recovery of the vehicles.

"The last vehicle was recovered at about 6.45am and the road will reopened once oil and debris is cleared from the carriageway.

"Highways England worked overnight to release the queuing traffic.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information about the manner of driving of a black Ford Focus in the moments beforehand can get in touch through, reference 5219179902."