A BRIEF police pursuit in the early hours ended with a Vauxhall Zafira crashing into several parked cars and a lamppost.

Officers arrested the 18-year-old male driver and 20-year-old female passenger inside the vehicle on suspicion of aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent.

The driver was also arrested on suspicion of a number of driving offences including drug driving.

Police tried to stop the car on Queens Drive at around 3.20am on Wednesday and it did come to a halt - then sped off. Police pursued it for 30 seconds before the car lost control on Frobisher Drive and crashed.

Traffic officers attended the scene and were supported by the community policing team, the ambulance service and the fire service.

The driver and passenger are in custody at Gablecross Police Station.

Insp Louis McCoy said: “Officers who were out on patrol noticed something wasn’t right and used their skill and training to stop the vehicle.

“It was at this moment the driver of the vehicle decided to show a complete disregard for the officers and drove off in a dangerous manner.

“The pursuit was short but unfortunately came to an end with a collision with parked vehicles. It was lucky the roads were quiet at that time in the morning and nobody was seriously injured.

“We will continue to police our roads diligently to ensure our communities are safe and remind people that the risk of driving under the influence of drugs is not worth it.”

If you suspect a drug driver, call police on 101, or 999 if the crime is in progress and give as much information as possible including description of driver and vehicle and their direction of travel.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org