A high-speed police chase ended with officers arresting four people - including one who was hiding in a bush.

Firearm officers on patrol in Gateshead chased the black Vauxhall Zafira, before it was found abandoned after colliding with a telegraph pole in the Sulgrave area of Washington.

However a police helicopter located one of the suspects in a nearby bush as officers swooped.

Within minutes three men and one woman were placed under arrest following the incident on Wednesday night.

Chief Inspector Louise Galliott-Thornton, of Northumbria Police’s Operation Department, praised the vigilance of those officers on patrol.

“This was a fantastic response by firearms officers who were on patrol in the area when they noticed the vehicle in question,” said Chief Insp Galliott-Thornton.

“The four occupants were acting in a suspicious manner so we checked its details and were suitably concerned to signal for the driver to stop.

“He refused and then led us on a dangerous pursuit that was so erratic we decided we had to abort it to ensure the safety of the public.

“The fact the vehicle was then found crashed and abandoned nearby just underlines how poorly driven the vehicle was.

“The doggedness of those responding officers has then led to four arrests, including one suspect who attempted to take cover in a bush.

“I want to say a huge well done to all those involved and I hope results like these reassure the community that we are determined to keep you safe.”

The incident occurred at around 9pm.

The three men, aged 22, 21 and 20, and the 18-year-old woman have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who wants to report suspicious behaviour to police is encouraged to report online at the Northumbria Police website.