NSW: Man sparks dramatic police chase in stolen taxi

A MAN has been arrested and charged after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit in a taxi he’d alleged stolen from Victoria.

Just before 8.30am on Saturday, police began pursuing a taxi along the Hume Highway at Albury, after receiving information the Toyota sedan had been stolen from a petrol station in Tarneit, Victoria, earlier in the morning.

The pursuit was terminated by police after the vehicle allegedly reached speeds of up to 185km/h and began driving in a dangerous manner.


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Officers re-engaged the pursuit about 10km from Tarcutta, and road spikes were successfully deployed.

Police will allege the 35-year-old male driver got out of the car and tried to carjack a Toyota Landcruiser before being arrested.

No one was injured in the incident.

The man was subjected to a road-side drug test which will undergo laboratory analysis.

Checks revealed his Victorian driver’s license had expired.

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with two counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (Skye’s Law), two counts of never licensed person drive vehicle on road, assault with intent to take motor vehicle, and receive property stolen outside NSW.

The Victorian man was refused bail and is due to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Monday.

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