A HIGH speed police chase through Chester ended with three Merseyside men ditching their car in the city centre before being arrested.
Eye-witnesses described police cars pursuing the green BMW 5-Series along the A41 and the A540 Parkgate Road before going into the city centre.
Police cars entered St John Street from both ends and trapped the BMW near the Disney store on Foregate Street.
Three men abandoned the BMW and ran off along Foregate Street in the direction of McDonald’s but police officers apprehended them.
A 24-year-old, 18-year-old and 17-year-old, all from the Liverpool area, were arrested and are currently in police custody.
Cheshire Police said officers had initially responded to reports of balaclava-clad men in a green BMW near Rivacre Brow, Ellesmere Port, about 9.45pm on Thursday.
When a police car arrived, the BMW sped off towards the A41 and the police gave chase with the force helicopter joining the pursuit.
Cheshire Police spokesman Rachel Hayes said: “At 9.46pm on Thursday, September 19, police received a report of a vehicle in the Rivacre Brow area of Ellesmere Port with the occupants wearing balaclavas.
“On arrival the vehicle, a BMW, made off and officers followed them to Chester city centre.
“The occupants fled from their vehicle in St John Street and were arrested a short time after.
“Three men aged 17, 18 and 24 from Liverpool are in currently in custody.”