Police are in the hunt for a man they described as "dangerous and should not be approached".
Eastern Waikato Area Commander Inspector Dean Anderson says 31-year-old Parone Tuhakaraina has warrants for his arrest.
Dean says a police operation was carried out in Matamata last night after a vehicle linked to Tuhakaraina was seen in the Matamata area.
The vehicle was stopped by police just after 10.45pm.
"While the female driver was being detained, a passenger, thought to be Tuhakaraina, has moved into the driver's seat and left in the vehicle," says Dean.
"Spikes were deployed and the vehicle has come to a stop after hitting an empty parked vehicle on Broadway Street."
The driver fled on foot and police conducted an extensive search of the area, including the use of the Eagle helicopter, but were not able to locate him, says Dean.
"Tuhakaraina is considered dangerous and should not be approached.
"If you have seen Tuhakaraina, or have any information which may assist, please call Police on 111 and quote file number 210716/6096."
People can also provide information anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.