Man charged with drug, driving and weapon offences after travelling over 800km in stolen vehicle - Sydney's south west

Monday, 22 November 2021 04:48:28 PM

NSW Police have charged a man with drug, driving and weapon offences after an alleged carjacking and pursuit in Victoria, which ended in the man’s arrest in Sydney’s south west on the weekend.

About 3.15am on Saturday (21 November 2021), a man was picked up by a ride sharing service on Inglis Avenue, Seaford, in Victoria.

Police have been told about 15 minutes into the trip, the man – aged 30 – requested the driver stop, when he allegedly produced a handgun and threatened the driver, before demanding the driver leave the car.

The driver complied and the man drove from the scene, leaving the ride share driver on the roadside.

Victoria Police contacted NSW Police after receiving information the man may have crossed the NSW border.

Following inquiries, NSW Police detected the vehicle – a black Audi sedan – travelling north on the Hume Motorway near Pheasants Nest later that morning.

PolAir tracked the vehicle as it travelled along the Hume Motorway, onto Narellan Road, and through suburbs including Spring Farm, Narellan and Bringelly.

About 12pm (Saturday 21 November 2021), operatives from the Tactical Operations Unit intercepted the vehicle at the intersection of Cowpasture Road and Camden Valley Way, Leppington, and the man was arrested.

During a subsequent search of the man and vehicle, officers from Camden Police Area Command located a knife, a resealable bag containing a substance believed to be methylamphetamine, and counterfeit cash.

The items and vehicle were seized for forensic examination.

The man was taken to Narellan Police Station where he was charged with 11 offences including:

- drive manner dangerous,

- drive under the influence of drugs,

- take and drive conveyance without consent,

- fail to pay (x 2)

- drive whilst suspended,

- custody of knife,

- possess prohibited drug,

- enter inclosed lands without consent,

- goods in custody, and

- possess counterfeit money.

The Victorian man, from Cranbourne, was refused police bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Sunday (20 November 2021), where he was formally refused bail and will reappear at Liverpool Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 23 November 2021).