A man and a woman have been charged after multiple police pursuits and alleged car-jackings between Goulburn and Parramatta yesterday.
About 4:10pm yesterday (Saturday 3 April 2021), officers attached to Hume Police District were conducting routine patrols on the Federal Highway, south of Goulburn, when they saw a Toyota Hilux allegedly speeding.
Checks revealed the utility had been reported stolen from Molong the previous day (Friday 2 April 2021); a pursuit was initiated after the driver allegedly failed to stop when directed and instead accelerated away from police.
They were followed and road spikes deployed a short time later south of Marulan, puncturing the front tyre of the ute; however, the driver continued to Brayton Road when he and a female passenger got out and allegedly threatened a couple and their baby with a shortened firearm.
The man and woman got into the family’s Ford Territory and drove it back onto the Hume Highway, heading north. The SUV was then driven to a service station at Sutton Forest, where it crashed into a guard rail.
Police will allege the man and the women then approached a black Ford Focus at the service station, threatening a woman and two teenaged girls with the firearm before stealing their car.
About 4.30pm, the car was seen on the Hume Highway at Yanderra (north of Mittagong). Officers initiated a short pursuit but it was again terminated due to safety concerns.
Police will allege about 5.45pm, the car was being driven along Narellan Road, Mount Annan, where it was involved in a collision with three other cars before leaving the scene.
About 6.45pm, PolAir tracked the car to Irving Street, Parramatta, where officers from Parramatta Police Area Command, the Public Order and Riot Squad and the Dog Unit arrested the pair, who were taken to Parramatta Police Station. Officers also recovered a shortened firearm.
The couple has now been charged with multiple offences.
A 33-year-old man has now been charged with 10 offences,
• Robbery while armed with dangerous weapon (two counts)
• Possess shortened firearm without authority
• Threaten injure person in company with intent indictable offence (two counts)
• Drive motor vehicle during disqualification period
• Drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous
• Police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (two counts), and,
A 31-year-old woman has been charged with five offences,
• Robbery while armed with dangerous weapon in company (two counts)
• Threaten injury to person with intent commit indictable offence (two counts), and,
• Common assault.
The man and woman, who are both from Dubbo, have been refused bail and are due to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Sunday 4 April 2021).