Uitenhage police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said the three were found in possession of solar panels, believed to be stolen.
Police officers on patrol noticed suspicious-looking men in a Nissan Almera on the Cuyler Manor road, direction Port Elizabeth, at 1am on Tuesday.
The police patrol went to investigate the vehicle and a high speed chase followed.
The fleeing men were eventually pulled off the road with the help of other policemen at the intersection of Koedoes Kloof.
Swart said three men jumped out of the vehicle and fled into the bushes, while police managed to apprehend another three suspects.
Solar panels worth an estimated R25 000 were discovered in the vehicle as well as other valuable items.
Police said the three arrested men, aged between 24 and 49, were from Johannesburg and would face a charge of possession of suspected stolen goods at the Uitenhage Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Swart said the arrests might help in curbing theft of solar panels in the Uitenhage area. – Sapa