Two boys aged 15 after a car was stolen with the owner’s two children still inside.
The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with two counts of kidnapping and aggravated theft of a vehicle.
They have been remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
The vehicle was driven off a driveway in Birmingham at about 5pm yesterday and the distraught father of the boys, aged two and four, immediately raised the alarm.
Crews from West Midland’s police response, traffic and firearms were dispatched, as well as dog units and a helicopter to aid the search.
The dramatic moment the car was brought to a stop was shared on Twitter by the Firearms Operations Unit
Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan called it ‘every parent’s worst nightmare
The stolen car, a Seat Leon, was seen driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway before armed officers stopped it on the A38.
Two suspects were detained, less than 15 minutes from when the crime was reported.
Both the young boys were found alive and well inside the car and were reunited with their parents at the scene.
Force incident manager Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan said: ‘This type of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare.
‘Thankfully we were able to stop the car and reunite the family less than fifteen minutes after it was stolen.
‘It’s a fantastic outcome to what was a very serious, urgent incident.
‘My thanks go to the officers involved as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support.’
Both teens are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.
In addition, one of the teens has also been charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.