Published: 11:30, 21 August 2014
Two men will today appear in court charged with possessing cocaine with intent to supply after three police vehicles deliberately crashed into the car the pair were travelling in.
It brought a high-speed pursuit along a key route into Maidstone to an end at 2pm on Tuesday.
Matthew Smith, 25, of Colchester Close, Chatham, and 28-year-old Jamie Masters, of Bolner Close, Chatham, are due to appear before Medway Magistrates' Court today.
Police have defended their actions after the cars were used as part of a tactical manoeuvre to stop the red Skoda the pair were travelling in near the Shell Petrol Station on Royal Engineers Road.
The incident led to lengthy delays for motorists, with traffic queuing back to the Running Horse junction after Springfield roundabout was closed.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Three police vehicles were used to bring a pursuit to a controlled conclusion.
"Both passengers were arrested at the scene on suspicion of drugs offences."
Only officers trained in Tactical Pursuit and Containment – the use of police cars to bring suspect vehicles to a stop – can authorise the strategy as a last resort after assessing the risk to public safety.
No figures were available on how many times the tactic has been used by Kent Police.
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