A young couple’s drive to Albany turned into a 10-hour comedy of errors when a police unit in pursuit of a stolen vehicle mistakenly used a stinger on their tyres. Former Albany residents Angus Hammond and Brittney Wicksteed were heading down to Albany on Thursday to attend a friend’s wedding when they found themselves in the middle of a police pursuit. The pair had set off from Perth at 9.30am, expecting to arrive mid-afternoon, but wouldn’t make it into Albany until 8pm that night after a wild series of events involving a police stinger, three teenagers, and an alleged stolen car. Their saga began about 20km north of Williams when Mr Hammond noticed a police officer on the side of Albany Highway, running to retrieve “what looked like a box”. A short while later, the police car overtook them with lights and sirens blaring , with the couple assuming they were in pursuit of someone who had been speeding. As Mr Hammond was driving, he noticed “a white car behind me that’s kind of riding up my back a little bit but I think nothing of it because people try to overtake and play silly buggers on Albany Highway”. Minutes later, they saw the police car again, but this time it had pulled over on to the left-hand side of the road. As they came parallel with the vehicle, a police stinger was deployed, shooting across the road and puncturing both their tyres and the tyres of another vehicle towing a boat on a trailer. The white car directly behind them managed to evade the device by pulling out of the lane just in time. “We’re literally in line with the police car and all of a sudden, this thing shoots across the road,” Mr Hammond said. “I have no time to react, and it’s blown our front tyres out.” Mr Hammond said he pulled over and police explained that they were collateral damage in the pursuit of a vehicle that they said had been stolen from Yokine earlier that day. Police air wing officers had spotted the vehicle from the air but lost sight of it near Williams. Mr Hammond waited with his vehicle while police took Mr Hammond’s wife Brittney and the woman from the other car into Williams so they could arrange a tow truck and tyre repair. The white Ford Focus sedan had also made it to Williams, with its driver allegedly stealing fuel from a service station. It was as police were dropping Ms Wicksteed back off at the site of the broken-down vehicle that the alleged pursuit came full circle. “My wife could see someone waving their arms up ahead,” Mr Hammond said. “The police realised there’d been a crash just behind them from where they’d come from so they jumped in their car again, raced down the road and my wife hopped in the car to see if she could be of assistance because she has a medical background.” When Ms Wicksteed arrived on scene, the badly damaged car was empty. Police say the occupants — two 14-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl — had fled into the bush. Police searched the surrounding area for the teenagers but could not find them While Mr Hammond was waiting for his wife to return for the second time, he noticed three people wandering out of the field opposite his car. “At this point, I didn’t know it was the stolen car that had crashed, I didn’t know any context, but thought it was a bit strange that there were three people walking out of this empty field where there was nothing else around, it’s not a popular walking track or anything, it’s not on the Bibbulmun,” he said. The police returned with Ms Wicksteed minutes later and as soon as they arrived Mr Hammond gave them directions to the location of the suspects. The police unit sped off to chase the suspects but overshot, and a couple of minutes later, another police car arrived for backup and the three teenagers were apprehended. They were taken to Narrogin Hospital for medical treatment. Mr Hammond said he and Ms Wicksteed eventually got into Narrogin about 4.30pm, just in time to get their tyres fixed at the tyre shop, which closed at 5pm. They were back on the road with four new tyres soon after 5pm, eventually getting into Albany just after 8pm, having left Perth about 10 hours earlier. The 29-year-old said police were friendly and helpful after the unfortunate incident, offering to reimburse them the cost of their tyres. “Police were very polite and very apologetic about what had happened, it was the unfortunate nature of the events that we were collateral damage,” he said. “The craziest thing is the fact that it came full circle and that the people from the stolen vehicle were caught a hundred metres from where our tyres had been blown out, just the chances of that happening are quite surreal and unbelievable.” A WA Police spokesman said the situation was dynamic and rapidly evolving and that police were able to bring the matter to a safe conclusion thanks to the community’s assistance. A 14-year-old boy from McKail has been charged with stealing a motor vehicle, no authority to drive, careless driving causing bodily harm and stealing. He is due in Albany Children’s Court on Friday.