The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary brought a man into custody early Wednesday after a pursuit that involved burglaries at two gas stations and a collision with a police cruiser.
The search started around 10 p.m. after police were alerted to a theft at a service station in the Goulds area. The suspect got away, but witnesses gave officers a description of the getaway vehicle, which turned out to have been reported stolen.
Police spotted the car around 11:10 p.m. around Old Placentia Road, but the driver was able to evade the force.
Then, shortly before 12:30 a.m. police were told of a break-and-enter at a gas station in the Kilbride neighbourhood of St. John's, with descriptions matching both the individual and the stolen car.
About 20 minutes later, police spotted the stolen car in the Thorburn Road area. Police gave chase, with the pursuit ending on the Outer Ring Road when the stolen car smashed into a marked police cruiser.
"The operator fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later by members of patrol services and K-9 unit," the RNC said in a statement.
A 38-year-old man was brought into custody on charges that include theft, break-and-enter, two counts of flight from police, dangerous driving and possession of stolen property.
Police said additional charges may yet be laid, as the investigation is still underway.