Two Ottawa women appeared in court yesterday after a stolen vehicle allegedly struck two police cruisers and finally crashed into a light post.

Around 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, Ottawa police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle in Centretown, but the vehicle struck one of the police cruisers and a brief pursuit ensued.

In the interest of public safety, the pursuit was called off near Sussex Avenue and St. Patrick Street.

Police picked up the vehicle again near St. Patrick Street and King Edward Avenue where the vehicle rammed another police cruiser and fled. Police did not chase the vehicle then, but they found it again in Vanier where the driver reportedly struck several street signs and a light post, then lost control at the Vanier Parkway and McArthur Avenue.

Both occupants of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene on foot, but were apprehended by police.

Manon Bastien, 33, was charged with 13 offences, including dangerous driving, impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

Laura Schinck, 24, was charged with being the occupant of a stolen vehicle.