A POLICE chase of less than a minute ended when a stolen car crashed into a fence.
Two men have since been arrested on suspicion of burglary after the pursuit in Winstanley yesterday (Sunday) evening.
The blue Hyundai had been taken from an address earlier in the day and the police were alerted again when it sped off from the BP garage on Whelley at 8.40pm.
The force helicopter was scrambled and police patrols began a search and eventually the vehicle was picked up in the Winstanley area.
On realising it had been spotted around an hour after the drive-off, the Hyundai accelerated and headed off down Tan Pit Lane and onto a dirt track.
A police spokesman said it appeared the intention was to abandon the vehicle, but the driver lost control and it crashed into a fence. The time between the pursuit’s start and the collision was timed at less than a minute.
One of the two occupants stayed in the car and faked a fit and the other ran off but was apprehended soon after.
An ambulance was called to the scene and both men - one in his late 20s and the other in his early 30s - received treatment but then discharged into police custody where they were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The stolen car was written off by the collision and onlookers, roused by the sound of the emergency services activity took pictures of the scene.