The suspects were stopped and arrested by officers within 20 minutes of the report of a trailer theft.
At about 9.20pm on Monday, May 16, North Yorkshire Police were called with a report that suspects had been spotted breaking into a compound near Boroughbridge and making off with a stolen trailer.
Security cameras at the premises picked up a partial registration number of the vehicle, a Land Rover Discovery, and within minutes it was located by police on the A1(M) heading south.
The Land Rover began to make a u-turn in the carriageway, but officers quickly managed to bring it to a stop, just after junction 45.
Three occupants, all men in their 30s, were arrested at the scene, on suspicion of theft, dangerous driving, and failing to stop for police.
The men remain in custody at this time an the trailer is set to be returned to its rightful owner.