The man who was taken into custody after ramming a police car on State Highway 2 this morning was wanted in relation to an aggravated robbery.
The police car was hit near the Wairoa Bridge after police spotted and stopped a vehicle of interest around 8.50am, says a police spokesperson.
"The person was taken into custody immediately with no injuries.
“There was minor damage to both vehicles as a result.”
The 34-year-old male has been arrested in relation to an aggravated robbery at the Railway Hotel in Richmond earlier this month.
Police were called about 2.40pm on 12 October after a man allegedly entered the premises armed with a firearm, says a statement from police.
Cash was taken from the premises and the alleged offender fled on foot.
Nelson CIB this week identified a man of interest, and he was located today in Tauranga and arrested.
He has been charged with aggravated robbery and is due to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.
Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Paul Borrell says he is pleased an arrest has been made.
"Our investigations team has worked tirelessly over the past fortnight to make an identification and gather information.
"A search warrant was also executed, during which items of interest including a vehicle, clothing, and a firearm were recovered.
"We hope this arrest brings some reassurance to the community, who may have been alarmed by this incident."