Update: Teen pair charged after Abbots Langley police chase ends in crash

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Two people have been charged with a string of offences after a late-night police chase resulted in a stolen car hitting a telegraph pole.

Officers on a routine vehicle check in Hill Farm Avenue, Abbots Langley, had been pursuing a Ford Focus which failed to stop in Sainsbury’s car park, near the A41 in Garston – before it crashed into the pole and brought down a BT power cable shortly before 1am on Thursday.

The road was closed while the driver and one passenger were given medical assistance and the vehicle was recovered. The 19-year-old driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Later, the driver, from Watford, was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and driving without valid insurance or a licence.

The passenger, also 19 and from Watford, was arrested on suspicion of theft from a vehicle and taking a vehicle without consent.

The incident was dealt with by 3am when the road was reopened.

Both men have now been charged with the crimes and are due to appear at court on November 16.

BT engineers visited the site of the incident to make the area safe. A spokesman said: “We are due back on Sunday to put in a new pole and to replace the five lines that were cut off in this incident.”