Two teenagers are alleged to have taken exception to pre-paying their taxi and are accused of assaulting the driver before taking off in his taxi in Hamilton.

The pair, aged 15 and 17, were arrested soon after a short police chase which came to an end on Anzac Parade, near the Hamilton Central Police Station.

After the women called for a taxi, the driver asked them to pay for the trip before their travel, police said.

They then allegedly assaulted the driver and stole the taxi.

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Police were called and followed the stolen taxi before spikes were deployed on Memorial Drive and the vehicle was stopped on Anzac Parade.

The 15-year-old driver was processed for excess breath alcohol and was charged with aggravated robbery, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

The 17-year-old passenger was charged with aggravated robbery.

Both are due to appear in Hamilton Youth Court this morning.