Thief leads police on high-speed chase through favela

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Photo/Video credit: DALMO SOUSA
A car thief led police on a high-speed chase through a crowded favela in Brazil.

Captured on a patrol car's dashcam, the footage shows officers pursuing the stolen Toyota Corolla, which was racing around the slum in Bento Goncalves, southern Brazil.

It is reported that the thief had stolen the car in the heart of the city, before attempting to flee into the built-up favela area.

Incredibly, the police were able to keep up, somehow matching the crook's each and every turn.

Before long, the thief gives up and continues on foot after becoming stuck behind a parked car.

Realising that there's nowhere to run to, the thief puts his hands on his head after police pull up alongside him.

The video states that the thief was initially caught attempting to change the number plates on the car.