Attempts to pull over a car led police officers to call in their force's helicopter last night.
Durham Constabulary called in help from the air support unit at around 11pm after a car officers had tried to pull over in Princess Road, Seaham, failed to stop.
A short pursuit which lasted just minutes ended in the Deneside Estate, with no arrests made.
Seaham and Easington Neighbourhood Policing Team has since said the helicopter was also called in to search for someone who was reported missing from their home.
No further details have been made available from the force.