This is the moment police boxed in a car on the M5 as officers probed a building site raid.
Dashcam footage from West Mercia Police showed the four-vehicle operation unfold in filthy weather conditions on the motorway in Worcestershire.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of theft and drug driving offences.
The force said officers were alerted to a suspected break-in on a building site operated by Taylor Wimpey, with a white van seen leaving the scene.
Within minutes officers spotted a similar vehicle on the M5 near junction 4, the junction for Bromsgrove, Stourbridge and the south western corner of Birmingham.
Police cars closed in on the vehicle which was travelling at around 80mph.
In a video posted on Twitter on Sunday, January 3, Worcestershire’s Operations Patrol Unit (OPU) showed how four police vehicles surrounded the van, one at the front, two either side and another at the rear.
In a swift pincer movement, described as a ‘nice tight four car box’, the cars closed in on the van while slowing down, forcing the van driver to stop or risk crashing.
Worcestershire’s OPU team Tweeted: “Reports of persons breaking into building site and leaving in a vehicle. Vehicle sighted minutes later and stopped using TPAC boxing tactics, a nice tight four car box. M5 junction 4.
“Two occupants arrested for theft and drug drive.”
It has been a busy New Year for the Worcestershire OPU team already, having attended an incident in North Worcestershire on New Year’s Eve night and recovering two ‘realistic looking air pistols’.
On New Year’s Day at 2am the OPU team Tweeted officers had recovered a car stolen minutes earlier in Rubery.
They wrote: “C shift – recovered in Rubery minutes after being stolen in a car key burglary on the West Midlands Police force area. One very happy owner.”
And later that morning an alleged drunk-driver ploughed in to a police car which was protecting the scene of a crash in Redditch. The driver was said to have had no licence or insurance.
On January 4 the OPU Tweeted that they had stopped a van on the M42, which had been reported stolen in London earlier in the night and arrested a disqualified driver.