Antwerp is on the route favoured by drug couriers bound for France after they have purchased drugs in the Netherlands.
The police noticed a vehicle with suspicious French number plates travelling in the Antwerp neighbourhood. When they police attempted to stop the car, the driver sped off.
At Rumst a police officer used several shots to puncture the car's tires bringing the vehicle to a standstill. The driver was not in possession of any identity documents. Several kilos of cannabis were retrieved from his vehicle.
The drug courier has been detained and will appear before a judge in the course of Monday.
Antwerp police say that in recent weeks there has been a steep rise in the number of dangerous pursuits involving drug couriers.