Police arrest man over car theft at crash scene near Canberra

A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a car from a Good Samaritan at the scene of a crash near Canberra this afternoon.

Just before 3.30pm (Saturday 25 May 2019), a Toyota Camry crashed into trees on the Federal Highway, about 10km north of Bywong.

Police have been told the sole occupant – a 29-year-old man – was assisted by passing motorists, before he stole one of their vehicles, a black Toyota Aurion, and driving away.

Officers from The Hume Police District were notified and a short time later the Toyota was observed by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command travelling on the Federal Highway at Wollogorang.

A short pursuit was initiated and the vehicle was stopped about 4.45pm.

The driver was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where he is assisting with inquiries.

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.

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