The PSNI has insisted its officers acted in line with protocol after a video appeared to show a Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) van being stolen in the presence of a police patrol jeep.
Two men were arrested after the vehicle overturned - destroying a tree and a lamp post - during a police chase in Belfast on Tuesday night.
The van was stolen in the Oldpark area in the north of the city shortly before 9.15pm. Police said the van driver was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a metal bar, while parked on Agnes Street.
The suspects threatened the victim and pulled him from the van, before subsequently driving off. Video from the scene shows the van being stolen in front of a police jeep who were on patrol in the area.
A PSNI spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday that police are "aware of the video and would reiterate that officers responded swiftly, and in line with police protocol".
Police gave chase before the van overturned on the Springfield Road in west Belfast and two men were then arrested at the scene. An eyewitness told the Belfast Telegraph that one man sustained visible injuries in the crash.
The fire service also attended the scene, sprayed the van with foam before it was recovered at around 1am yesterday morning.
PSNI Detective Inspector Tom Phillips said a number of vehicles were damaged during the inciden and that the pair remained in custody yesterday.
A spokesperson for NIE Networks confirmed one of its vehicles was involved in an incident.