The driver of a suspected stolen car led police on a high-speed chase through Canberra's north late last night, managing to evade arrest after crashing his car into a tree and running.

Police were patrolling along Lathlain Street in Belconnen just before 11.45pm, and say they saw the driver of a blue Holden VT Commodore acting "suspiciously" in a service station parking lot.

The pursuit began after the Commodore drove away from police with its headlights off, allegedly driving straight through a red light at the Lathlain and Nettleford Street intersection.

Police tried to stop the car, but they say the driver ignored officers and sped away.

The Commodore was chased through Macquarie for three minutes, with the pursuit reaching top speeds of 110km/h.

Police called off the chase in Osborne Place, but a short time later noticed the car driving on a strip of grassland near Crick Place and Hennessy Street.

The Commodore crashed into a tree, and the driver got out and ran towards Moulden Court.

Police were unable to find the man, but are now urging witnesses to come forward.

They have also seized the Commodore and will examine it forensically.

The man is described as 187cm tall, with a slim build, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website.