Officers were on patrol in the Durham Road area of Sunderland last Sunday evening (April 19) when they spotted a car that did not show as having a registered keeper.
After following the vehicle and instructing the occupants to pull over, the driver of the silver Hyundai instead pressed down the accelerator in a bid to speed away from police – travelling at excess speeds and driving through red lights towards Hendon.
With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), officers tracked the car’s movements and deployed a stinger device near Tunstall Hope Road which brought the offending vehicle to a swift stop.
Two men were subsequently arrested and taken into custody.
Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police’s Operations Department, said: “This was a fantastic job by officers who followed their instincts after suspecting something was not right.
“When the occupants refused to pull over, our trained and skilled motor patrols officers followed the car, and with assistance from the police helicopter, were able to utilise a stinger device which brought a potentially dangerous vehicle to a quick stop.
“We will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of all road users and anybody who does flout the law, or endangers the lives of others, will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.”
An 18-year-old man from Sunderland has now been charged with dangerous driving, no insurance, driving without a licence and failing to stop.
A 19-year-old man, also from Sunderland, has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon and possessing a quantity of cannabis.
Both men are due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside next month.