Police have arrested an man southwest of Christchurch after a manhunt that led to schools in the Rolleston community going into lockdown.
In a statement, police confirmed the man had been arrested "without incident" in the Weedons/Rolleston area around midday.
"Police would like to thank members of the public for the assistance and patience while we looked to locate him.
"We understand this was a distressing situation while it unfolded but we want assure members of the public there was no imminent threat to their safety."
According to a report from Stuff, the man allegedly stole a car and fled from police after being seen by officers in Washdyke before 7am. He drove to Rakaia and allegedly took another car and drove to Rolleston.
He's then said to have crashed on Weedons Ross Rd and fled on foot. He was not armed with a firearm, according to Stuff.
Rolleston College said on its Facebook page at 11:27am that it was "working with the police" to confirm a situation in its community.
"As a precaution we are keeping our learners in the building until we receive further information. All learners are safe," it said.
The school has since confirmed there is "no danger" and students have been let out.
West Rolleston Primary School also entered lockdown for a short period.
Police are planning to provide an update on charges when possible.