The driver of a suspected stolen truck tried to ram a police car before travelling the wrong way down Auckland's Southern Motorway during a police chase that lasted 40 minutes overnight.

Police tried to stop the suspected stolen light truck on the North Shore about 2am and a pursuit began south over the Harbour Bridge and on to the motorway.

The truck travelled at speeds up to 120 km/h and near the Mount Wellington interchange the driver attempted to ram a Police car, police said.

Police said the truck was followed south as far as Drury where it made a U-turn on the motorway and travelled north in the south-bound lanes.

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The south-bound lanes of the motorway were closed to all traffic at Takanini as a precaution.

The truck, which by this time had lost a front tyre and was driving on the rim of the front wheel, was dumped near Walter Stevens Drive and the three occupants fled the scene on foot.

Police said two men were caught shortly afterwards and were arrested.

Enquiries to locate the third occupant of the truck are continuing.