A POLICE pursuit was launched after a driver refused to stop for officers.
The incident began in Catcote Road at around 11.40am after the white car-van failed to pull over.
The Mail understands damage was caused by the car to a junction box was knocked down on Oxford Road, leaving homes without telephone or Sky connections.
Cleveland Police say the pursuit lasted for a short time before officers made the decision to abandon their efforts, with the force’s helicopter also called in as part of the search.
Investigations to trace the driver are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.