A motorist rammed a police car in a failed attempt to escape following a chase.
Officers began pursuing a vehicle because they suspected its driver did not have any insurance.
The car came to a halt in George Street, near Mainsforth Terrace, in Hartlepool, and was cornered by a combination of police and parked cars.
A Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit (RPU) spokesman said: "He attempted to ram his way out causing significant damage to one of our new police vehicles.
"Fortunately the officer wasn't injured and the car will repair."
A man has been charged with a series of offences following Friday morning's incident and is due at court soon.