Police car allegedly stolen at knifepoint

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A Victorian man allegedly stole a police car at knife point and fled at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour after stabbing and running over a 26-year-old.

The 27 year old was ultimately arrested after a pursuit that involved officers, a passing motorist, a police helicopter, police cars, and the dog squad.

The man had crashed into a road barrier after trying to overtake a caravan in an attempt to evade police just after midnight on Saturday.

Police say he "advanced on them with a knife", prompting officers to draw their guns and retreat before the man stole their patrol car.

"A passing motorist stopped, had seen what was going on and offered some assistance to our police members, and they continued to follow the police car, albeit it a safe speed" Superintendent Nigel Howard said.

Ground units and a helicopter also took up the pursuit. Supt Howard said the car had been travelling at speeds of between 170 and 200 kilometres per hour before a lower speed collision with three cars at a red light.

The crash caused significant damage but no serious injuries.

Now on foot, the man was "waving a knife at members of the public" as he tried to escape, Supt Howard said.

The offender was "nudged" by a police car and taken to the ground with the help of the dog squad, but wasn't subdued straight away.

"While going hands-on, two of our own members were bitten by one of our own dogs, sustaining minor injuries," Supt Howard said, describing the man's behaviour behind the wheel as 'outrageous'.

"Thankfully, no one else was killed or seriously injured as a result," he said.

The alleged offender was eventually detained with minor injuries.

Police believe he is the same man involved in an earlier altercation at a home in Kalkallo, north of Melbourne.

The man went to the home and began slashing the victim's tyres, leading to a confrontation, police said.

"The offender has inflicted four stab wounds to the abdomen of our victim, resulting in him falling to the roadway," Supt Howard said.

He said the offender then chased the victim's partner, but she was able to lock herself in the home.

The man left the scene briefly, returning to run over the victim who was lying in the middle of the road.

The 26-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

After identifying the person of interest, police stationed a patrol car at his home in the northern suburb of Mickleham, and began a pursuit when he left the scene.