This is why you may have heard a police helicopter above Leeds early today

A police helicopter was scrambled during a search for a driver who fled on foot after a car chase through the streets of Leeds.

The man was at the wheel of a silver-coloured Vauxhall Astra that failed to stop after it was spotted travelling at speed in Harehills Road, Harehills, by officers in a marked police vehicle at about 12.20am today.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the Astra was pursued around the Harehills area for the next few minutes before being abandoned in Strathmore Terrace.

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The driver then ran off and, despite a subsequent search by officers aided by the National Police Air Service helicopter, managed to evade capture.

Strathmore Terrace. Photo: Google.

He is described as Asian, with a beard, and was wearing a blue hooded top and shorts.

Police say the man headed off in the direction of Morrisons after dumping his car.