POLICE used a taser gun to restrain a man in a Hartlepool street in the middle of the afternoon.
Officers were called after reports a man - possibly armed with knives - was allegedly making threats to members of the public in the Graythorp area on Tuesday afternoon.
A vehicle, believed to have the suspect in, was spotted and officers say after a “short pursuit” the car stopped in Marlowe Road and the man was tasered.
The 48-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, threats to kill, dangerous driving and failing to stop.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to reports of a man, possibly armed with knives, making threats to members of the public in the Graythorpe area of Hartlepool at around 2.30pm on Tuesday.
“Officers began a search and located a vehicle they believed was being driven by the man responsible. A short pursuit entailed before coming to an end on Marlowe Road and following an assessed level of threat to the public, officer’s tasered the man before arresting him on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, threats to kill, dangerous driving and failing to stop. The 48-year-old man remains in custody.”