Couple charged over 1000km joyride in stolen hire car

A MAN and woman from Queensland have been arrested and charged after allegedly stealing a hire car and driving it more than 1000km across the border.

Officers spotted the stolen Mitsubishi Lancer station wagon travelling along Sydney Road in Goulburn, in the NSW Southern Tablelands, about 11.50pm last night.

It’s understood the vehicle was taken from a hire company in Queensland earlier this month.


Police attempted to stop the vehicle but, instead of pulling over, it’s alleged the driver sped off.

Officers initiated a pursuit but were forced to terminate the chase a short time later as the stolen car entered the Goulburn CBD.

Then, about 1am, officers spotted a man and a woman walking along Old Sydney Road, while the Mitsubishi was found dumped in a nearby lane.

The couple was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station while officers searched the vehicle.

Police said a tent stolen from Nowra was found in the car, which they allege was also used in two petrol drive offs in Byron Bay and Kew.

The man, 31, was charged with two counts each of police pursuit – not stop (Skye’s Law) and obtaining a benefit by deception, as well as one count of receiving stolen property outside of NSW, and Larceny.

The 24-year-old woman was charged with receiving property outside of NSW (vehicle) and two counts of obtaining a benefit by deception.

The duo was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Goulburn Bail Court today.

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