A man was tracked down and arrested by the Dog Squad after he rammed a police car in Ashburton this morning.
An officer from the canine unit was patrolling in Ashburton when he noticed a speeding car on Warrigal Road run a red arrow into High Street just before 1am.
A check of the car registration confirmed that the vehicle was stolen from Hurstbridge yesterday.
The car disappered into nearby side streets before detectives, who were also in the area patrolling for the stolen car, spotted the car with two people on board in an Alamein Avenue driveway.
When detectives pulled up to approach the suspect vehicle it reversed and rammed into their police car a number of times.
The pair then jumped out of the damaged car and fled.
Police dog (PD) Zeus and his handler, who were quickly on the scene, were able to track one of the offenders down hiding under a table.
The 22-year-old Parkdale man, who is believed to have been the driver of the stolen car, was taken to hospital under police guard.
The other man who ran from the scene is still outstanding.
It is expected the Parkdale man will be charged in relation to the stolen car and endangering the lives of emergency service workers with enquiries still being made in relation to other criminal matters he may have been involved in.