Hitchhiking is not a common police practice in Saskatoon, but last night a passing motorist helped police catch a young man after a foot chase on the city’s west wide.

Police on patrol in the 200 block of Avenue I South last night spotted a man they were looking for ride by in the taxi. The 19-year-old, wanted on a number of warrants involving guns and for cutting off his electronic monitoring device, jumped out of the cab and ran off.

That’s when a foot chase began, with police running after the man through yards, alleyways, parking lots and streets all around the neighbourhood.

Citizen offers to help with chase

The suspect was having some success staying ahead of police. That's until a passing motorist stopped to ask police if they needed some help. One of the officers jumped in his vehicle and together they were able to quickly close the gap on the fleeing man.

In a news release, police said that when the suspect realized he no longer had the upper hand, he simply laid down on the ground and gave himself up.

Police said he was taken into custody without further incident.

The man is expected to appear in court today.