A man has been arrested after assaulting an officer and making off with a police car in Northland tonight.

Police said a report of "suspicious activity" in the Waipu area had been received at 8:30.

Officers were dispatched to investigate and shortly before ten spoke to a man who was uncooperative.

He then assaulted one of the officers before driving off in the police car.

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The man was pursued for about 15 minutes along Cove Road in Waipu at speeds of around 50km/h.

He was stopped after road spikes were put out and was subsequently arrested.

The officer that was assaulted did not require medical attention.