Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested after a car chase through Brighton which ended only when police physically stopped the stolen car.
Sussex Police said: “An underage driver has been arrested and charged following a police pursuit in Brighton.
“At about 12.50am on Sunday 27 August, police received a report of a Volkswagen Golf which was taken without permission and suspected to have been driven around the Moulsecoomb area.
“Roads Policing Unit officers located the vehicle in The Avenue, where it made off at speed.
“Other units arrived and following a pursuit in the area which lasted about 12 minutes – during which time the vehicle was seen speeding and disregarding red lights, no entry signs and other traffics signals – police boxed it in and made tactical contact.
“This caused the Golf to stop in Warren Road at the junction with Tenantry Down Road where the two occupants attempted to make off on foot before they were detained and arrested.”
Interviewing officer PC Louise Brearley, of the Brighton and Hove Investigations Team, said: “The manner of driving in this case was extremely dangerous, putting not only the driver at risk but also his passenger, other road users and the officers who were attempting to stop him.
“Tactics were used to bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion and thankfully no one was hurt.”
A 15-year-old boy from Brighton has been charged with dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
He is due to appear before Worthing Youth Court on Thursday 14 September.
A 15-year-old boy from Brighton, arrested on suspicion of being carried in a vehicle taken without the owner’s consent, has been released under investigation.