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Man arrested after fleeing police

Charlotte Grimwood
Pierre Nixon

A 42-year-old man is in custody after a police chase in Christchurch and Ashburton.

A burnt-out car was recovered from Oakfield St, Burnside, at 8am.

A man has been arrested after series of crimes, including allegedly ramming a police car.

The man in custody allegedly stole a car and robbed a service station in Ashburton at about 4.30am.

A media release from Canterbury Police said a security guard tried to follow the car and was rammed as a result

Police intercepted the alleged offender between Ashburton and Mayfield. A patrol car was hit in that incident, causing major damage.

A police spokesperson said a stolen vehicle was then found on fire in the Mt Somers area. Later, a second stolen vehicle was spotted near Christchurch Airport. Police tried to stop the driver, who evaded road spikes.

Police abandoned the chase deeming it too risky.

Police responded to a report of a second vehicle set alight on Oakfield Street in Burnside at about 8am.

A couple of hours later, a third stolen vehicle was pulled over on Gloucester St. A man was taken into custody about 10am.

There were no injuries during any of these incidents, according to police.

Oakfield Street
A burnt-out car was recovered from Oakfield St, Burnside, at 8am. Charlotte Grimwood