It was not your average joy ride.

A 36-year-old-man faces a number of charges on Friday after a Saanich municipal work truck was stolen on Thursday afternoon.

Saanich Police sent out an alert and soon after, around 4:30 p.m, an Oak Bay Police officer spotted a Saanich work truck on Beach Drive at Dalhousie.

The driver and lone occupant was wearing a white construction hat that had been left in the vehicle.

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop, instead parking in a driveway about a block away and fleeing on foot.

Oak Bay police set up around the area where the suspect was last seen and a K9 unit from Saanich was called in.

The suspect was arrested around 5:50 p.m.

It turns out he is a prolific offender, prohibited from driving, and was wanted by Victoria Police.

Oak Bay police say he faces a number of charges including Failing to Comply with Conditions, Theft over $5000, and Flight from Police.

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