And officers were astonished to discover that the driver of the crashed car was a 14-year-old boy.
PSNI Magherafelt say on its Facebook page: “Shortly after 3 am this morning we’re on anti burglary patrols in Bellaghy when we spot this Mini on the move. Persons front and back.
“When we tried to stop the vehicle it attempted to make off, crashing into a field. The ‘driver’ clearly having no idea how to handle the car.
“Occupants all bailed from the car scattering in different directions.
“Additional crews and dog call signs were brought in meaning those who had been in the car were soon rounded up in neighbouring fields and hedges.
“The driver turned out to be a 14 year old with the rest in the car of a similar age.
“Think about that for a second, a 14 year old ripping about the roads with his mates packed into the car at 3 AM!
“And there are still a small number who complain we’re too hard on ropey cars and drivers in this district.
“Really is a case of WISE UP!
“Thankfully we aren’t dealing with multiple fatalities this morning.”