Officers from Lancashire Road Police confirmed that the carriageway between J31 and J32 had reopened following the incident.
In a Tweet, they thanked the public for their patience, and said that the closure was promtped after a patrol car "sighted a stolen vehicle".
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"The occupant fled the vehicle and ran across 8 lanes of motorway traffic."
The suspect was then tracked using police dogs and a helicopter.
They are now in custody.