A traffic stop in Kitchener has turned into something much larger as police search for a driver.

Police say they were doing traffic enforcement at King Street and Fairway Road on Thursday morning.

They stopped a vehicle and were speaking to the driver, who then took off and crashed into a pole at River Road.

The driver then ran from the scene. Police say he is still at large but that they are actively looking for him.

Several cruisers and a canine unit responded to the collision.

It's not clear what caused the crash. Forensic identification was on-scene as well.

The suspect is described as a man standing about five feet six or seven inches with a thin build.

He is likely facing a couple of charges, including failing to remain at the scene of a crash.

Anyone with information on the missing driver is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.