A man wanted in a hit-and-run that injured three pedestrians last week may have eluded Toronto police again.

As the manhunt entered its sixth day early Wednesday, two unmarked police cars were damaged as officers tried to arrest a man they believe is responsible for the hit-and-run.

The police-involved smash-up occurred near Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West at about 2:30 a.m. when police were covertly following a potential suspect.

Police apparently tried to box in the vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf that is believed to be stolen, but the driver crashed into the unmarked cars and fled.

No injuries were reported.

Police believe the Volkswagen’s driver is the same man who was behind the wheel when three pedestrians were struck by a stolen vehicle near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue last Friday.

The vehicle had stolen Ontario licence plate BLNB-571.

Investigators are describing that incident as an attempted murder.

Police said an off-duty officer tried to stop the stolen vehicle, but the driver deliberately drove at the officer and then put innocent bystanders' lives in danger.

As the man fled, he drove onto the sidewalk and struck the pedestrians, said police, who later recovered the stolen vehicle after it was abandoned.

Officers are still looking for a suspect, who police have publicly identified as 47-year-old Steven Paul Brunswick.

Police said Brunswick is wanted for attempted murder, and anyone who sees him should call 911. Police are urging people not to approach Brunswick because, they say, he is considered dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416−808−5300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477).

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