A man attempting to steal a vehicle crashed it into the Iqaluit elders’ centre Thursday night.

Iqaluit RCMP say a man was trying to steal the vehicle from the centre when he crashed it into the building. The collision damaged both the building and the vehicle, which became inoperable.

RCMP officers arrived to find the man attempting to operate the vehicle. He tried to flee and was arrested.

Joanasie Naulaq, 28, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, mischief, resisting arrest, breach of probation and failure to attend court.