A manhunt was launched today after a man crashed into a wall outside a house and drove off.
The wall on Thompson Avenue, in Canton, Cardiff, was destroyed in the incident, which police are understood to be treating as deliberate. No one was hurt.
Police arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of attempted assault and possession of an offensive weapon around half an hour later.
He was arrested on Victoria Park Road West, 500m away from the scene of the crash.
It is understood the man was arrested for possession of a weapon after police officers searched him and found a chisel in his pocket.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing three police vans pull up outside Victoria Park Creperie at around 11am.
The police helicopter hovered overhead but did not need to land, with officers posting on their Helicops Twitter feed that they had been called to help search for a suspect after a road traffic collision, adding: “Upon arrival male detained by officers on the ground.”
It is understood the suspect drove off after allegedly hitting the wall but at some point left his car and made his escape on foot.
A nearby shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said the police vans arrived ‘out of nowhere’, adding: “There were a lot of vans, a car and a helicopter overhead.
“The man was just outside the creperie. He didn’t seem to be resisting arrest.
“The police were quick on the draw, that’s for sure.”
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “Officers were called at 10.30am to a report that a car had driven into a wall outside a house, causing considerable damage. No one was injured.
“A 47-year-old man was arrested within about half an hour on suspicion of attempted assault and possession of an offensive weapon.”