An officer was on patrol on Hwy. 1 last night when he noticed the vehicle driving suspiciously slowly, and decided to run its plates.
The license plate query came back showing the vehicle was stolen.
An RCMP release says the vehicle turned into a driveway and the driver got out, showing signs of impairment when the RCMP officer approached him.
The officer told the driver he was under arrest for possession of stolen property and impaired driving, and the 36-year-old Wilmot man proceeded to assault him.
The man got back into the vehicle and tried to flee with the driver's side door still open -- hitting the police vehicle and a tree in the process.
The release says "in an effort to end a dangerous situation" the officer administered OC spray, commonly known as pepper spray, and the driver then got out of the car and ran into the woods on foot.
An RCMP K-9 team searched the area but did not locate the suspect. He was later located and arrested without incident.
The 36-year-old from Wilmot is now facing charges of possession of stolen property, impaired driving, resisting arrest, and assault of a peace officer. He will appear in Digby Provincial Court this morning.
The RCMP officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries, and a 10-year-old who was in the vehicle during the incident was taken to hospital as a precaution.
The police vehicle also sustained minor damage.
RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020, or to submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submit a secure web tip.