Police have released video footage of the moment a Palestinian car thief smashed his way through a police roadblock early Sunday morning.

As previously reported by Arutz Sheva, the driver - a Palestinian resident of Kafr Tamun in Samaria (Shomron) - was eventually taken into custody by Samaria District police near the city of Ariel.

He had initially stolen the truck and was being tailed by police as he made his way east on Highway 55. 

Officers mobilized the Samaria central checkpoint to apprehend the thief - setting up a makeshift post on the main traffic thruway leading from Kfar Saba, in the west, to Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, in the east. 

As the truck approached, however, it began careening toward the police officers. In seconds it became clear that the driver had no intention of slowing down, and an officer fired a few warning shots into the air. 

The driver then braked and began to flee on foot, with police officers trailing behind. After a few minutes, police successfully apprehended the driver, arresting him.

The incident is still being investigated to ascertain whether it was purely criminal in nature, or nationalistically-motivated. It follows a spate of attacks against Israelis by Palestinian terrorists using their vehicles to run down civilians and security forces, killing several civilians including a three-month-old baby.