THREE people are in police custody following a man hunt in Kelso on Thursday.
Two men and a woman were arrested after they allegedly stole a car which was involved in two collisions.
One man and a woman were arrested within minutes of the second crash on Ashwood Drive at Kelso but a third fled, and police feared he may have been armed. He was later found allegedly hiding at a home in Kelso.
Two boys aged eight and 10 were among those injured in the first crash at Payne Close, Kelso. Paramedics treated both at the scene.
Police rushed to Kelso after receiving Triple-0 calls from witnesses at both sites. Their response was rapidly stepped up after police allege they found a magazine from a firearm in the footwell of the car that had been dumped at the scene.
Fearing the third man may be armed, additional resources were sent to the area and car crews were stationed at Payne Close.
Chifley Police District duty officer Inspector David Abercrombie said police were called to two separate crashes which involved the allegedly stolen car.
He said police would allege the three occupants were involved in a collision in Payne Close and failed to stop before crashing into another car minutes later and allegedly fleeing on foot.
Inspector Abercrombie said police found two of the occupants, a 37-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, in Amber Close within minutes of the crash.
Both were taken into custody and were assisting police with their inquiries late on Thursday.
Inspector Abercrombie said the third man was arrested by police just after 2pm after allegedly hiding out at a Kelso property.
"Police received information from the public and attended the address."
Inspector Abercrombie said police would allege the man tried to escape by jumping out a window at the property before trying to hide under the house. He was arrested at the scene.
Late on Thursday afternoon forensic officers remained at Payne Close, which was closed to traffic.
Inspector Abercrombie said police were continuing their investigations and expected charges to be laid against the alleged offenders late on Thursday night.
He said the arrest of all three alleged offenders was a great result by police.
He urged anyone with information relating to the incident to contact detectives at Bathurst police station on 63328699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.