TWO young men have been arrested for drug offences after they were seen driving “erratically” on motorcycles.

Officers from the Sussex Roads Policing Unit were starting their first day of a motorcycle training course when they spotted the men driving along the A26 at the Cuilfail Tunnel in Lewes just after midday on Monday.

One rider attempted to overtake inside the tunnel.

Both men were then stopped at the northern entrance of the tunnel.

The officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis, and when one of the men was questioned a small bag of cannabis fell out of his pocket.

Both men were told they were to be detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act, at which point the other suspect attempted to flee from the scene.

He ran towards the roundabout at the junction with the A2029 Malling Street but was pursued and caught by PC Lee Perks and Steve Bucksey on foot.

The 21-year-old man from Seaford was found to be in possession of cannabis and suspected cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) pills.

He was also found in possession of drug dealing bags, a large amount of cash, and a knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, possessing drugs with intent to supply, and possession of a bladed article.

A further search of his home was conducted, where officers seized a mobile phone and a suspected offensive weapon, namely a stun gun.

Meanwhile a 20-year-old man from Newhaven was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Both men failed roadside drug swipe tests and were taken into custody.

They were interviewed and have since been released under investigation.