A joyrider stole a bus from a depot and drove it round a city centre until police were forced to burst its tyres.
The owners of the single-decker vehicle quickly notified officers of the theft but the driver refused to stop when they tracked it down.
Specialist equipment was then deployed to burst the tyres of the bus as it travelled towards the centre of Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Nobody was injured in the incident but some parked cars at the scene were damaged. The driver was arrested and the bus recovered.
Acting Sergeant Chris Raby, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Thankfully, incidents such as these are rare. Unfortunately, some unattended vehicles parked at the roadside were damaged, but nobody was hurt.
"The suspect was arrested at the scene and will be interviewed in due course for all of the offences."
Anyone with any information has been asked to contact police.