The man believed responsible for an early morning van-ramming rampage almost one month ago has been arrested.

Police had been searching for Raquada-Charles Edwards after he allegedly chased his partner and rammed the van she was hiding in a dozen times before fleeing the scene in Hastings on February 5.

It was previously believed he might have left the region, and that he was being helped to continue avoiding arrest.

Police arrested him on Thursday night and he appeared in the Hastings District Court the following afternoon, where he was remanded in custody to reappear on March 27.


He faces two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and three of operating a motor vehicle recklessly causing injury.

Edwards was also charged with one charge each of injuring with intent to injure, threatening to kill, breaching a protection order, male assaults female and assault with a weapon.

The 10 charges relate to dates between February 2 and 5, and involve three alleged victims.

Police previously said Edwards had links to Mayfair and Havelock North, was a drug user and was considered dangerous.

The incident started at the Gull service station on Omahu Rd about 6am, where contractors were waiting in their van when a woman suddenly asked them to take her to the police station as her partner was going to beat her up.

Moments later a man appeared but the van drove away with the woman. The man chased them down the road in his own vehicle, ramming their white van up to 12 times.

The pursuit came to an end at the intersection of Grays Rd and Heretaunga St West, where the man "manoeuvred" the van into the roundabout before ramming the stationary van.

The man was understood to have then tried to climb into the van and grab the woman.

After a witness threatened to call the police the man rammed the van three more times, then drove off after apparently aiming for the witness.

Four people were taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital, with two discharged later that day.