Police are appealing for assistance following a two-car collision and attempted car theft in the Hunter region.
About 7.30am Monday, a Suzuki Swift and a Toyota Yaris travelling in opposite directions on Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash, when the vehicles collided.
A member of the public stopped to assist the occupants of the Suzuki Swift, a male driver and two female passengers.
It is alleged the driver of the Swift approached the car belonging to the man assisting, and attempted to leave in it.
The man was able to retrieve his keys, before the other man fled the scene into nearby bushland on foot.
Police attended and searched for the man, however, he was unable to be located.
Police would now like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with inquiries. He is described as being 27 old, 160-165cm tall with a thin build, and black hair.
Investigations are continuing.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone with dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.