A police car was rammed by a Mustang, which was one of seven cars stolen from a Ford dealership in Melbourne’s south east on Saturday.
A gang broke into a car yard in Overton Road, Frankston, just after 3.30am and used a crowbar to jemmy a key safe.
Seven cars were stolen, including a Mustang, three Territory SUVs, two G6E sedans and a Ranger.
About 12.20pm on Saturday, a member of the public called police to report a Mustang driving erratically in Narre Warren South.
The caller followed the car and kept police updated with its location.
Police pulled up alongside the Mustang when it became stuck in traffic in Lyndhurst.
In a failed bid to escape, the driver rammed the police car.
Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman said the driver, a 22-year-old Carrum Downs man, has been charged with burglary, car theft, key theft, dangerous and careless driving, reckless endangerment and possessing drugs and proceeds of crime.
He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Two of the stolen cars have been found after being dumped, and four are still missing.