Police are appealing for public assistance after a police vehicle was rammed and a car was stolen – with the driver still inside – in Lake Macquarie today.
Just before 2.30pm (Monday 14 September 2020), officers from Lake Macquarie Police District commenced a pursuit of a Mercedes after the male driver failed to stop on Regents Street, Bonnells Bay.
A short time later, officers terminated the pursuit on Fishery Point Road, Bonnells Bay, due to safety concerns after the driver rammed their vehicle. The officers were uninjured.
Police have been the man then abandoned the Mercedes, before threatening the driver of a white Hilux utility and stealing the vehicle with the man – aged in his 20s and wearing a high visibility vest – still inside.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police Area Command, with assistance from PolAir and the Dog Unit, have commenced a search.
As part of inquiries, police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle to contact them.
It’s described as a 2019 white Toyota Hilux utility with registration EGR36C and ‘CDA Group’ written in green and black on the side.
It was last seen driving on Grand Parade, Bonnells Bay, heading towards Fishery Point Road about 2.40pm.
Police would also like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his mid-20s, with short dark hair, and a medium build. At the time, he was wearing a dark grey shirt and long black pants.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.