Police gave chase in the early hours of this morning after a quad bike being ridden in convoy with a Peugeot 407 was spotted in the Shap area.
It was suspected that the quad bike had been stolen from the Keld area.
Officers on rural patrols identified the convoy shortly before 1am, but those driving the car and quad bike failed to stop for police.
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers pursued for a short period of time before a risk assessment was carried out and the pursuit discontinued for the safety of those involved.
“Inquiries are ongoing into the report of the theft of a quad bike in Keld, no arrests have been made at this time.”
Operation Lantern continues to run proactively across the county after being launched in response to a number of quad bike and machinery thefts from rural areas across Cumbria.
The operation has seen dedicated patrols in areas that have been targeted, alongside officers from a specialist department.
Officers are appealing for information or anyone who witnessed the incident or who seen suspicious vehicles in the area of Keld over the last few days to contact PC Doocey on 101 quoting log 31 of the 27th August 2020.