Just after midnight, when most teenagers are asleep, officers spotted a red Volkswagen Golf at the Fuente del Capullo, where the driver appeared to be stalling and struggling to control the vehicle.
When signalled to stop and as officers approached it, the vehicle made off at high speed and officers pursued southbound onto Queensway.
Just opposite Mid Town the driver of the vehicle lost control, crashing into a railing and knocking over a lamppost. The vehicle then rolled across the carriageway and crashed into a large planter at location.
The three occupants of the vehicle then decided to run off. The vehicle suffered extensive damage and front and side airbags were deployed.
An hour and a half later, after a sterling effort by Response Team 2 officers (and some of our new recruits on their second day at work), three juveniles were in police custody.
Two males, aged 16 and 14, were arrested on suspicion of Taking a Conveyance and one male, 17, was arrested on suspicion of Taking a Conveyance, Failing to Stop, Dangerous Driving and Driving Whilst Disqualified through Age.
Luckily, only one juvenile passenger suffered minor injuries and no pedestrians were hurt.
Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Services, Technical Services and Gib Elec made the area safe and the traffic light was removed.
All three have been interviewed and bailed out pending further enquiries.