One person has been arrested after police pursued a motorist and a dog in a vehicle that a witness says was driven the wrong way down Napier's Marine Parade.

A police spokeswoman said officers attempted to pull the vehicle over on Karamu Rd North, Mayfair at about 9.25am.

It is understood the driver continued for several kilometres after he drove over road spikes.

The pursuit was abandoned at 9.40am near the National Aquarium along Marine Parade, but the man was caught about 10am at West Quay, Napier.

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A witness who works opposite the National Aquarium told Hawke's Bay Today she heard the chase before she saw it.

Out the window, she saw a "white car racing down the wrong side of the one way road".

"Then three cop cars on the correct side of the road shortly behind," she said.

Another witness photographed the vehicle at West Quay, where the dog believed to have been in the car was tied to a tree.

More to come.