Three people have been arrested after a police pursuit in North Canterbury that ended in the vehicle catching fire last night.

The pursuit started about 11pm on Tram Rd, in Ohoka, where police spotted a stolen vehicle with two men and a woman inside.

Police chased the vehicle for about 10 minutes. Officers lay down spikes and the car was finally stopped on Rangiora Woodend Rd.

A police spokeswoman said the car then caught fire, but was quickly put out by the fire brigade.

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"Three offenders tried to get away on foot, but were apprehended,'' she said.

Two men, aged 32 and 24, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested and are to appear in court today on driving-related charges.