A suspected drug dealer had to be pulled from mud after he fled from the scene of a car crash in Erith.

The sticky suspect ran from police after they chased him only to get stuck in a river bed near Erith High Street last night, February 11, causing the London Fire Brigade to rush to his rescue using a inflatable mud path.

Police began chasing the suspect after a pair were seen acting suspiciously in a vehicle.

The suspects refused to stop and drove from police before crashing with street furniture.

A spokesman for the Met said: "The two occupants made off on foot.

"Officers conducted an area search and one of the suspects was located nearby, stuck in mud in a river bed.

"He was freed by the London Fire Brigade, and then arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

"A quantity of drugs was recovered from the vehicle."

Police are still searching for the second suspect.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We were called by the Metropolitan Police Service to rescue a man who was stuck in mud in a riverbank close to Erith High Street on Sunday evening.

"Firefighters used an inflatable mud path and a ladder to rescue him.

"The Brigade was called at 7.56pm and firefighters left the scene at 8.25pm."