The New Orleans Police Department is seeking a man it says stole a taxi in the 500 block of Canal Street on July 2.

Police said the man, described as a black man wearing a multicolored bucket hat, a blue T-shirt and dark pants, stole the White Fleet cab, a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, that had been left with the keys in the ignition about 2 p.m.

As the cabbie gave chase, the cabjacker sped lakebound on Canal Street, lost control and caused a multiple-vehicle accident. He then fled on foot.

Eighth District detectives are in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.