A Nelson man has been arrested after allegedly fleeing police in a stolen car with a 20-month-old toddler onboard.
Police say the 27-year-old man took the car and child from an address after a family violence incident about 1.30pm today.
Police began pursuing the man on Main Rd in Stoke after he refused to stop for them.
The pursuit was called off but the man was found later in the day in Appleby.
A police officer negotiated with the man to hand over the baby before the man again fled.
Police managed to stop the car with road spikes in Hope, southwest of Nelson, and the man was apprehended.
The man will appear in Nelson District Court tomorrow on abduction and assault charges.
Police say further charges are likely.