A sixteen-year-old driver at the wheel of a stolen Land Rover thought he had managed to give police the slip in a dramatic high-speed chase yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
Yet minutes later his escape plan was in ruins when he was in a collision with another vehicle - and his car overturned.
Police say the teenager was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, and that they are currently searching for two other occupants of the car who decamped the vehicle shortly after the collision, on Stongerove, Edgware, at shortly after 5.11pm.
Meanwhile, a woman in her 40s was taken to hospital and later discharged.
Police say they had, minutes earlier, tried to stop the Land Rover in Marsh Lane, Stanmore.
A police spokesman said: "The vehicle made off at speed. Officers in an unmarked car on "blues and twos" engaged in an authorised pursuit.
"The suspect vehicle, travelling at a high speed, evaded police in this pursuit and was lost at 17.11 hours.
"A minute later the vehicle was found crashed on Stonegrove Road with another vehicle."
A Stonegrove resident who witnessed the aftermath of the collison said: "It wasn’t a pleasant affair, but hopefully everyone is OK."
Police say the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed "as a matter of course."
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.